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Food Waste

Food Waste at UMass

The Office of Waste Management uses Vanguard Renewables. The Vanguard Mission states:

We believe that organic waste is an unrealized resource. At Vanguard Renewables, we regenerate waste to its highest and best available use. About Vanguard Renewables

In 2019 UMass Amherst shipped approximately 1,600 tons per year (3 million lbs) of food waste and other compostable material for on-farm composting. 

We no longer sell compost.

What Can I Compost?

Use the Composting Locator Chart below to determine whether and what you may compost at your campus location.  

Building Food Waste (all types) Leaves and Yard Waste Animal Bedding
UMass DCs Yes No  No
Campus Retail Food Outlets Yes No  No
Res Halls Snack Bars Yes No  No
N. Apartments Yes No  No
Day Care Yes No  No
Some Green Offices Yes No  No

The Following Materials are "Delivered Only" to the Waste Facility (WRTF)

Leaves, Brush, Greenhouse Wastes and Animal Bedding are delivered only to WRTF.  These materials are either picked up by OWM staff or delivered to the Waste Recovery and Transfer Facility by Grounds Dept. staff.


Martins Farm Owner Adam Martin