Organic material at Dalhousie is collected by custodians from the four-bin systems found in hallways and meeting rooms.

In Halifax, organic material is picked up at the building by grounds staff (every day or two depending on volume), brought to the warehouse, sorted to remove contaminants, and the remaining material is repacked into green carts. Material is collected by REGroup trucked to Ragged Lake compost facility (HRM composting facility) 15 km from the university. On the AC, compost is trucked to the Colchester Composting Facility, roughly 20 km from campus.

Landscape waste is picked up by a commercial hauler (a couple of times a season) for composting in Halifax. On the AC, landscape waste and manure are composted for use on agricultural fields. 

Vegetable oil is picked up by a commercial hauler (every two-three months) at the Halifax and AC campuses. The used oil is used to make animal feed and soap.

Organic waste includes:

  • All food waste;
  • Kitchen paper towels and food napkins;
  • Paper bags;
  • Paper plates;
  • Small amounts of landscape waste;
  • Paper fast-food wrapping;
  • Wax paper;
  • Soil, biomass ash, plant waste and manure at the AC.

Un-acceptable materials are:

  • Coffee cups and drink trays;
  • Corrugated cardboard;
  • Newspapers and magazines;
  • Plastic or biodegradable bags.

* Bathroom paper towel and compostable coffee cups and bowls are accepted at the Colchester facility. Compostable bowls are only acceptable in Halifax, not bathroom paper towel and compostable coffee cups.