Sustainable Living

As of Nov. 28, 2018, Western Washington University has one of the first composting programs of its kind.

Each resident hall is currently equipped with its own composting bucket, an instructional sticker and biodegradable liners.

WWU’s Residence Hall Composting Program Benefits:

  • Accessible to all students
  • Requires no custodial labor
  • Creates a consistent culture of sustainable waste management across campus
  • Builds long-term success even with student turnover
  • Educates to instill lifelong sustainability habits
  • Increases awareness on social, economic, and ecological benefits of composting
  • Reduces landfill waste and greenhouse gases
  • Creates a positive impact on habitats near landfills
  • Converts potential landfill waste into a useful product sold in local communities
  • Decreases University disposal expenses

Compost Liners

As part of your compost bin delivery, you received a roll of liners to last the entire quarter. Your next roll won’t be delivered until the next break, so make sure you’re only using the bags for compost!

Birnam Wood and Buchanan Towers

Birnam Wood and Buchanan Towers houses one compost bin per apartment/suite to reside in the kitchen area of each apartment/suite. Compost bins for the rest of the campus living community occupy in each room.

Where to Empty Compost

There are several compost toters/dumpsters located in your residential community. The Office of Sustainability recommends disposing the liners and their contents once a week if you are disposing of wet organic waste. If your items are dry, you may go much longer without emptying your bin.

Compost throughout the Day

Your sustainable lifestyle doesn’t need to end in your room. WWU has a variety of places to dispose of organic waste throughout the day. You can find compost bins inside each of the dining locations across campus or in Red Square.

Get Involved

Be a leader in your community to promote more sustainable living. Find out more about becoming a Sustainability Representative today!

WWU Residence Hall Composting in the News

Please visit Western Sustainability or SSC’s website for more information on what can go in your bin.

For questions about replacing the biodegradable liners or the compost bins themselves, please contact Terence Symonds at 360-650-7322 or