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Composting & Recycling


Each year, Cornell Dining composts about 850 tons of food scraps and organic waste from our All You Care to Eat dining rooms and our retail dining eateries.

Our chefs and food preparers compost in all our kitchen facilities (pre-consumer composting), and our customers can compost their waste (post-consumer composting) at Trillium, Martha's Café, Mattins Café, Ivy Room, Risley Dining, Synapsis Café, 104West!, Cornell Dairy Bar, and One World Café.

Farm Services collects the organic waste from Cornell Dining and composts it at Cornell's Industrial Compost Facility. The end product is used for campus landscaping, university experimental farms, and sold to local landscape companies.

You'll also find that we provide compostable napkins in our dining locations that don't use glasses and silverwear. 

Composting FAQs


Items that are not compostable are often recyclable, including all packaging for our Freshtake Grab-n-Go products. Customers may recycle glass bottles, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and newspapers in all Cornell Dining eateries. 

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