"If it was ever alive, you can compost it" — Clark Composts! Clark Composts! aims to institutionalize composting throughout campus and help facilitate the process of the implementation of compost, as well as education.
One of very few colleges in the nation to be so bold, Clark rolled out an innovative compost collection program in Johnson-Sanford, Wright, and Dodd Halls in Fall 2013. The program was so successful (with over 700 student signatures in support), that is has been expanded to MORE residential halls for Fall 2014! Only Blackstone is not included in the compost collection program. Residential Life, Physical Plant, Sustainable Clark, Clark Composts! and the Recycling Crew partner to collect and divert all compostable items in these halls. Food items and paper towels that previously went to landfill can now be composted right in the dorms.
Clark Composts has had an immense impact on Clark's campus. We have begun to institutionalize composting on campus! We are extremely proud of how effective composting has been over the years and how much student and faculty support there is.
Clark Composts started as an initiative in which through waste audits we were able to give financial reasons for why Clark should expand composting beyond the dinning hall. We had a test run with four residential halls, and once we saw the success we moved on to continue implementing compost around other parts of campus.
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A few issues we have faced are: concerns about smells, confusion on what can and cannot be composted, and some faculty/admistration resistance.
We plan on implementing compost to the last few buildings on campus. Once we complete the full expansion of compost, we will slowly evolve to Zero-Waste in which we promote a zero-waste culture within the Clark community.