Don’t freak out – I know dorm composting sounds kinda crazy. Setting up and maintaining a smelly compost bin in my dorm room? I don’t think so, lady. I’m too busy watching the Housewives of NJ marathon, taking essential midday naps, and doing my chem homework at 2 in the morning to deal with worms and dirt taking over my room.
And right you are. I don’t have the time or patience for that either.
BUUUT….what if I told you there’s a way to save all those nutrient-rich apple cores, coffee grounds, and egg shells without having to do the actual compost part?
Here’s the secret.
DORM ROOM FREEZER COMPOST TRICK
step 1. write the word COMPOST in permanent marker on a large ziploc bag, or tupperware container lined with a plastic bag. (this step is so you or your munchie-stricken roommates don’t accidentally tear into the bag on a late night.)
step 2. place it in your freezer.
Now you can throw all your fruit and veggie rinds, leftover food scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, etc. into the bag/container. Then, next time you’re headed towards one of the campus dining halls – bring the bag with you to empty out into the large, green, super convenient COMPOST BINS. Don’t have a meal plan? Head to Stetson East – the bin is right by the entrance, so you can empty it out without having to enter the actual dining hall, or ask a friend to do it for you.
Now wasn’t that easy?????
In case you/your roomies aren’t familiar with what’s compostable, here’s a quarter-page guide that you can print & stick on your fridge! (We’ll also hand out a bunch at our next meeting – Thursday, 6pm, room 16 in International Village)
Do YOU have any tips for green college living? Post it in the comments below, or submit a guest post of your own to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Thanks for reading Foodies!
Written by Sonia Banaszczyk, Director of Administration