University at Albany

Office Composting Project

The Office of Environmental Sustainability received a grant through NYSAR3 to establish an office composting pilot project, allowing faculty and staff to voluntarily take part in composting food waste at work. We have 50 small bins available for staff and faculty to place in their offices or office kitchens. The compost program will only run during the fall and spring semesters.

Why Compost:

Composting is a natural and inexpensive way to decrease the amount of waste UAlbany sends to the landfill. Although food scraps will break down in an airtight landfill, the anaerobic process creates a methane byproduct, a potent greenhouse gas. By composting food scraps, your office can serve as a model for students and fellow staff members for environmentally responsible practices.

How It Works:
  • Discuss with your co-workers the possibility of having a bin.
  • Request a small kitchen composting bin by emailing
  • Insert compostable liner and add appropriate food scraps
  • Prepare bin to picked up every Thursday by an Office of Environmental Sustainability student staff member or volunteer. If you are not available at this time, we may be able to arrange a separate pick-up time, if our office has enough volunteers. If not, you can arrange to drop off the compost yourself in our office in CS 15 in the basment between Arts & Science and Fine Arts.
  • The food waste is then composted at one of the dining hall locations.
Food waste that can be composted:
  • All vegetables
  • All fruits
  • Starches: pasta, rice, cereal, crackers, bread
  • Fiber: Shredded paper, cardboard, napkins, newspaper
  • Other: coffee grounds, tea bags (remove staples)
What cannot be composted:
  • Meat, fat, and greases
  • Dairy products
  • Plastic or plastic coated paper (such as glossy magazines)

If you have any further questions, email