Officials to pilot composting bins in two residence halls, sustainability affinity

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Officials will add compost bins to Mitchell and Francis Scott Key halls and the District House sustainability affinity.

Officials will pilot a program adding composting bins to two residence halls and an affinity this semester.

University spokesman Tim Pierce said the GW Zero Waste team – established in 2013 to help GW accomplish its Zero Waste goals – is partnering with the Office of Sustainability, Student Association, Campaign GW and Residence Hall Association to launch the initiative alongside the GWCompost program. The groups will add bins to the basements of Mitchell and Francis Scott Key halls and the District House sustainability affinity in the “coming weeks,” Pierce said.

“The goal of this Residence Hall Composting Pilot Program is to increase accessibility to composting opportunities for GW’s residential community, engage members outside of the existing composting community to begin composting as a part of a daily norm and educate students about proper composting practices and management,” he said in an email.

Pierce added that the Zero Waste team will provide mentorship and “support” for composting materials. He said the team will work to “minimize contamination” once the pilot program is underway.

Campaign GW, a student organization that pushes for sustainable initiatives, and the sustainability office piloted a composting program on the Foggy Bottom Campus in 2018 and expanded composting services to the Mount Vernon Campus in 2019.


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