Food waste and compostable paper — such as napkins, coffee filters, and wooden chopsticks — make up about 45% of ASU's landfill. The ASU Compost Program collects food waste in office kitchenettes, break rooms and residential kitchenettes associated with individual's meals, small gatherings and activities living on campus.
The program criteria, interactive training, weekly service and smell-proof bins have been re-designed from top-to-bottom to enhance the user experience and make it even easier for Sun Devils to practice sustainability every day.
Any office on an ASU campus may request the Office Compost Program under the following criteria:
- The space should service about 6–7 people.
- The space should be an office — no public and unmonitored areas.
- The space is accessible — not locked — by Zero Waste staff between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for servicing.
- The space and bin has an individual able to serve as the designated point of contact.
- The program adoption is approved by the appropriate office supervisor.
The Residential Compost Program is being rolled out in phases:
- Phase 1 — Spring 2023: Adelphi I and II, Barrett Complex, University Towers, Villas at Vista and Vista del Sol.
- Phase 2 — Fall 2023: Greek Leadership Village and Residence halls on Downtown Phoenix, Polytechnic and West campuses.
- Phase 3 — Spring 2024: All of Tempe campus.