Sustainability and Resiliency


Transforming organic materials such as food waste into a nutrient-rich, natural fertilizer.

Composting at Brown


An Illustrated Guide

Where To Compost

In 2016, the Office of Sustainability collaborated with Dining Services to bring back-of-house composting to all of its locations. This means that dining staff compost food scraps and leftovers. Sharpe Refectory provides composting receptacles for diners, as well.

Full list of campus locations that compost:

  • Sharpe Refectory (for diners and back-of-house)
  • West House (open to Brown community)
  • Blue Room (back-of-house only)
  • The Underground (back-of-house)
  • Andrews Dining (back-of-house only)
  • Verney-Woolley (back-of-house only)
  • Josiah’s (back-of-house only)
  • Hillel (for use by staff and students using the building)
  • Warren Alpert Medical School (for use by medical students)
  • Swearer Center (for use by staff)

What To Compost

Both of Brown's composting partners — The ReMix Organics Company and Recycleworks — can process many items that you typically cannot compost in a backyard compost bin.

"If It Grows It Goes"

Anything that is carbon-based/was once alive can go into the compost bin. All food and edible liquids, coffee grounds, bones, shells, oils, meats, fish, soups and untreated paper products can go in the compost bins.