Wasted food makes up 12% - or more than 800,000 tons - of the waste sent to Georgia landfills each year, with approximately 48% of this coming from the greater Atlanta area

This represents the largest single category of solid waste going into Georgia's landfills.  Emory Recycles continues its mission to establish a comprehensive composting program for Emory's campus.  Composting organic materials has a direct return in creating a usable soil amendment that is used on campus grounds.

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 Our composting program collects food waste, animal bedding and wood waste from campus and sends it to an industrial composting facility.  

Compost collection equipment can be found in bathrooms and kitchen areas as well as recycling rooms in Residence Halls.  Please take any food, paper soiled by food, and wax paper products to a compost collection container.

Compost collections are available for special events involving food waste.. Make your next event zero-waste - contact Deena Keeler, 727-9275.

Campus Composting program totals for 2018

Animal Bedding 264.99 tons
Wood Waste 44.59 tons
Food Waste Pre-Consumer 1612.80 tons
Food Waste Post-Consumer 179.03 tons