Colonial Composting Pilot Program

In the Spring 2018 semester, the Office of Sustainability, in partnership with Campaign GW and GW Zero Waste, will be piloting a food waste drop-off program called Colonial Composting. With this pilot program, we aim to:

  • Provide a new option for composting to members of the GW community
  • Evaluate the feasibility of a composting drop-off program on campus
  • Educate members of the GW community about food waste, including various types of composting
  • Establish volunteer opportunities for members of the GW community who are interested in food waste, composting, and sustainability
  • Increase the visibility of sustainability at GW and reinforce sustainability as a core value of the University


Colonial Composting is open to all members of the GW community who live or work on campus. To sign-up as a participant, please fill out this form. Participants will collect compostable materials in their residence hall or office and bring them to Colonial Composting during the hours of operation.

We need volunteers to help us with collection! If you would like to join us as a volunteer, please fill out this form. Volunteer shifts will be from 9:30am to 12:30pm each collection day, and partial shifts will be accepted.

Location and Hours of Operation

Colonial Composting will be located in Mid-Campus Quad and will operate from 10am to 12pm every Friday in February, March, and April. In the case of extreme weather events, the collection date or time may be moved. Participants will be notified via email about any changes in collection date or time.



Accepted Materials

Compost Poster

The following materials are accepted through Colonial Composting. If you have any questions about accepted materials, you can email [email protected] or ask one of our volunteers on collection day.

  • Fruit and Vegetable Scraps
  • Coffee Grounds, Tea Leaves, and Paper Tea Bags
  • Meat and Dairy Products
  • Bones and Egg Shells
  • Napkins
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Paper Plates/Soiled Paper
  • Compostable Cups/Utensils/Food Containers

Please check all cups, utensils, and food containers for a "Compostable" marking before including them in your collection.

Off-Campus Programs

This pilot is modeled off of the District of Columbia's Food Waste Drop-Off program. If you live off-campus, check out the D.C. program! Winter drop-off sites are located in Dupont Circle, Columbia Heights, and Eastern Market.