Farmers Market Compost Drop Off

What Can You Do to Impact Our Community?

Fresh baked goods, organic produce, and local vendors await at the weekly Farmers Market in the driveway of the William Pitt Union every Thursday. Students and University employees squeeze through the crowd with their BYObags as they begin to scout the lunch options. Most vendors serve their meals in compostable containers only to be eaten with a compostable spoon. In each corner of the driveway sits a bin marked “compost.” Market-goers are encouraged to bring their compostable items to drop off if they do not have the means to compost on their own.
 
While these initiatives have continued to increase across campus, composting has been a foreign topic accompanied by some confusion around which items can and can’t be composted and which items should be recycled or thrown away. Departments across the University, including Student Affairs’ Office of PittServes and the Student Office of Sustainability, aim to educate the campus community and guide Pitt to a more sustainable lifestyle.
 
Pitt has risen to the challenge of widespread waste diversion by piloting building-wide composting in five major University buildings. The William Pitt Union and the O’Hara Student Center are two of the buildings that will put this program to the test. Students and staff will notice new signage in the restrooms and on the new green compost bins on every floor.
 
The excitement and support for this program already exceeds expectations, but we need help from the entire community to ensure these programs are here to stay.
 
1. Think before you toss. Take the time to understand what can and can’t be put into the compost bins.
2. It is not the same as composting at home. Pitt uses an off-site compost facility that can compost meat; dairy; bones; any BPI-certified compostable dinnerware, utensils, cups; paper towels; and pizza boxes.
 
Drive this initiative even further by understanding composting at Pitt: https://www.sustainable.pitt.edu/compost/
 
By: Samantha Gatesman