Organics & Food Waste Diversion Program
UK Recycling is partnering with several departments to separate and divert organic material away from the landfill, sending them to facilities in Central Kentucky that will compost the material.
To reduce plastic waste on campus, UK Grounds staff collect leaves and plant material using Leaf Burritos—reusable durable mesh bags with heavy-duty zippers and handles that transport the material to the nearest green organics container.
Large piles of leaves are also collected with leaf vacuum trucks.
All this organic material is delivered to the City of Lexington’s Composting Facility and/or the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s C. Oran Little Research Center in Woodford County, for composting. The end product can be then used for soil amendments at the farms and back on campus.
Finish material, compost, will be used as soil amendment on the farm and on campus.
Have questions about our program or interested in getting involved? Contact our office!