Residential Compost Program

Thanks to our current Compost Captains! You all rock!


In Fall 2011, we started a campus-wide compost system that gives student's the opportunity to compost in campus housing.

Informational Press Release: Oberlin College Compost Program

Here’s how it works:

The RCT selects 15-20 Compost Captains to facilitate compost programs in their halls or houses. Captains will place compost bins in a designated area where residents can deposit their waste. Every Sunday, Captains will put their bins outside their building to be picked up by the RCT compost truck. One of the Captains will join the RCT on a quick run to bring compost bins from all across campus to the Johnson House Garden, where they will be emptied and cleaned.

This system is entirely student run, so we need your help! All programs require a Captain and enthusiastic composters. If you're interested in being a Compost Captain for the 2015-16 school year, email!


What is compostable?


  • Cooked and raw food scraps
    • Fruits and vegetables
    • Eggshells
    • Tofu
    • Tea bags (paper only, not silk)
    • Oats
    • Coffee grounds and filters
    • Bread and crackers, especially those made from whole grains
    • Small amounts of pasta, white breads and other processed grains
  • Non-edible scraps contribute as carbon sources
    • Shredded paper towels
    • Dried leaves and pine needles
    • Dead house plants


What isn't compostable


  • Meat and dairy waste
    • NO meat of any kind
    • NO cheese, yogurt, etc.
    • NO animal bones
  • Plastics and Paperboard
    • NO
      “compostable” DeCafe or Dascomb take-out containers (these can only be
      composted by large commercial composting facilities as they require high
      heat to break down)
  • Liquids
    • NO sports drinks or sodas
  • Very oily foods
    • NO heavy salad dressings or large amounts of other cooking oils
  • Highly processed or sugary foods
    • NO candy
    • NO twinkies, cake, cupcakes, cookies