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Compost giveaway for faculty and staff

April 16, 2012

Housing & Dining Services and the Facilities Management Integrated Solid Waste team will be hosting a "bring-your-own-bucket" compost giveaway on Friday, April 20, during the Campus Tree USA Arbor Day Tree Planting event on the CSU Oval.

The event is first-come, first-served, and CSU faculty, staff, and students looking to mix some CSU compost into their gardens can bring up to two buckets each. The compost giveaway will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Oval, which will be closed to traffic during the Campus Tree USA event.

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Last April, Housing & Dining Services installed a 40-yard, in-vessel composting system on the CSU Foothills Campus. All of the excess food and waste from the Ram's Horn and Braiden Dining Centers, the two largest dining centers on campus, is collected, channeled through a pulping system to remove and recycle excess water, and then taken to the composter.

Up to 2,000 pounds of pulp and organic material from the horse stalls on the Foothills Campus are mixed into the composter each day, which processes the material for two to three weeks before the compost is put into curing piles. CSU then uses the compost in landscaping projects on campus.

All compost in the project is produced in alignment with organic standards. A partnership with the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences provides a hands-on internship experience for a student to assist with operation of the composter as well as conducting soil tests and making recommendations to improve the process.

Compost from the April 20 event is intended to be used as a soil amendment to be mixed with existing soil in the garden, so please bring your bucket and give your garden a boost this spring!

More details on the compost project

Contact: Mandy Hagedorn
Phone: (970) 491-3760