Uses and benefits of compost:
- Improves the soil structure, porosity, and density, thus creating a better plant root environment.
- Increases infiltration and permeability of heavy soils, thus reducing erosion and runoff.
- Improves water holding capacity, thus reducing water loss and leaching in sandy soils.
- Supplies a variety of macro and micronutrients.
- May control or suppress certain soil-borne plant pathogens.
- Supplies significant quantities of organic matter.
- Improves cation exchange capacity (CEC) of soils and growing media, thus improving their ability to hold nutrients for plant use.
- Supplies beneficial microorganisms to soils and growing media.
- Improves and stabilizes soil pH.
- Can bind and degrade specific pollutants.
What CAN be composted:
- ALL food waste and table scraps
- Soiled paper products (i.e. napkins, paper towels)
- Compostable packaging (i.e. most to-go boxes from the Bottom of Lenoir)
- Tea and coffee grounds, filters
- Hair and nail trimmings
What CANNOT be composted:
- Plastic, including bags and plastic flatware
- Metal, including foil
- Rubber, latex
- Chase Dining Hall
- Lenoir Dining Hall
- Beach Café
- Alpine Bagel Café
- Friday Center
Individuals who wish to compost may collect fruit and vegetable scraps and bring them to the Carolina Community Garden located on Wilson Street. The compost generated is used onsite for the garden. Produce grown in the garden is donated to the University’s lower wage workers.