Domestic Waste Bin


2016 – Present

Campus Composting works to reduce organic waste produced by the University community through public education about waste sorting and the implementation of composting infrastructure on and off-campus.

Off-Campus Composting

PSI received funding from the College and Student Life’s Green Fund to provide 50% subsidies on composting services for off-campus University students in Hyde Park.

We partner with Urban Canopy, a Chicago-area composting hauler that also works to improve food sustainability.

Check our feature in the Chicago Maroon to learn more. 

105 students
currently enrolled
35% improvement
in responders feeling "very aware" of their household's waste production
95% "great experience"
rating from responders rating an 8 or above on a 1-10 scale

After the success of our off-campus composting program, Campus Composting applied for and received a Green Fund Grant for their RGGRC Composting Initiative, an opt-in composting program for residents of Renee Granville-Grossman Commons residential hall. We’re excited to continue working with The Urban Canopy, a local composting hauler we work with for our off campus composting program. The program will begin in Spring Quarter 2022.

Our revised model is based off of a successful “opt in” program at Loyola that offers compost buckets and a weekly drop off location for all students, living on and off campus, as well as faculty members.


Check out our feature and op-ed in the Chicago Maroon's Sustainability Issue (February 2022) to learn more! 

Dorm Composting
Program Pilot

“An enormous portion of the waste that you create individually is food waste…both on and off-campus composting programs could divert so much of UChicago’s total waste output.”

- Co-Project Group Leader Andre Dang (in The Chicago Maroon)

Campus Composting members for the 2021-2022 academic year.