Campus Compost Program

The Office of Sustainability launched its first ever Off-Campus Compost Program for students living off-campus in the Colorado Springs area back in Spring 2021 with 30 off-campus households. Due to the feedback and success of the program, the OOS will continue offering a campus composting program to support students. In order to ensure success, this program will provide interested campus households with materials, training, and education on how to properly compost - supporting sustainable living off campus and on campus.

Interested Households

This program is intended for students living on- and off-campus. 

Program Expectations

  • Every member of the participating household/dorm commits to composting correctly by following the educational resources provided.
  • Commitment to come onto campus regularly to dispose of compost in the identified dumpsters set by the Office of Sustainability - Sodexo will not dispose of your personal compost. 
  • Agree to a $10 cash deposit upon pick up of the materials (compost lid and bucket, map pdf, and waste poster pdf). The $10 cash deposit will be returned in full to the participating households at the end of the spring semester upon:
    • the return of both the compost bucket and lid,
    • the compost bucket and lid are empty, clean, and dry,
    • the compost bucket and lid are intact,
    • and are dropped off within the appropriate window for return at the Office of Sustainability
  • Willingness to participate in a request for feedback to ensure the success of the program.

If you have any questions, please email

composting at cc

Report an issue - Last updated: 07/17/2023

Official College Policy

Learn More: Official Policy Guidelines

We are working to standardize all of our waste bins on campus through our waste reduction program to match international standards - blue for recycle, green for compost, and black for landfill. The program we are deploying across campus through Sodexo and Facilities Services is in line with national waste diversion program standards. A black container is always paired with a blue container, and a green container is always placed in rooms where food catering occurs, in break rooms, and in bathrooms for composting of paper towel waste. We've seen significant results from this program and applaud your efforts in diverting waste from landfills.

Many people have had questions about what can and cannot be recycled or composted. Our waste hauler, Green For Life (GFL), has specific guidelines on this topic for the facilities available in our area. Click on the link above to learn more about our general guidelines to address some of the most common diversion questions.

Waste Stream By Color

In an effort to align our waste infrastructure with international standards, all waste bins and signage have a dedicated color and symbol.



Looking to recycle your e-waste? Learn where and how to by clicking on the image below.