Composting is nature's way of recycling. Composting biodegrades organic waste such as food waste, manure, leaves, grass trimmings, paper, wood, feathers, crop residue etc., and turns it into a valuable organic fertilizer.
We currently have three composting programs on campus. One for Crossroads Café, one for Crown Commons and one for South Village Dining Hall. In Crown Commons and South Village Dining Hall, food is disposed of through a pulper, which removes the water and chops it up into a fine "slaw like" material. It is then picked up by Earth Farms, a local compost company located in Mooresville. During the fall and spring, we collect about 2000lbs per week of food.
UNC Charlotte also has two Composting bins located behind the Crossroads Café, where Chartwells' catering is located.
The food is put into the bins and mixed with sawdust (donated by the Architecture department) to begin the composting process. After two to four weeks, it is removed from the bin. The compost is then stored for about two years behind the “J” building. It has a high salt content and thus takes this long to cure. Upon leaching, the compost is then used on campus in areas as organic mulch compost material.