Welcome to the Compost Squad

The Compost Squad is a student-run team that collects food and green waste on campus and turns it into a rich soil supplement. Prior to Covid-19, The Compost Squad diverted 500lbs per week, currently during Cvoid-19 diverting around 40lbs per week. The student team is busy with year-round collections and production. 

 

 

 

Current Events!

Keep up to date with all things WRRAP compost by looking at our blog

 

Looking for some vegan recipes that can be composted? Check out the From Soil to Soil: Student Vegan Cookbook by Karina Vega!

 

Need help with your worm bin maintenance or drying out a wet bin? 2020 Compost Operator Jerry Swider has your back. Click here to watch the video!

 

 

Compost Facts

  • Most efficient composting occurs with a carbon to nitrogen ratio of 30 to 1
  • When food rots in a landfill, it produces methane, a gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
  • More than 20% of all methane emissions: human-related
  • Cal Poly Humboldt's Earth Tub is designed specifically for on-site composting of food-waste. 
  • The Earth Tub is a fully enclosed composting vessel featuring power mixing, compost aeration, and biofiltration of all process air.
  • The ET is capable of processing as little as 40lbs per day or as much as 100lbs per day
  • Vermicomposting: composting with worms in an enclosed, convenient, low maintainence worm bin.
  •  Approximately 3,000 pounds of food waste was diverted from landfills and incinerators in the year of 2019!

                          

 

What Do We Do?

The Compost Team provides 5-gallon buckets at various locations around campus so that students and faculty can compost their organic waste instead of throwing it away in the landfill. In the Fall 2020 semester, the Radburro E-Bike was incorporated as the mode of transportation for bucket collections. Once a week, the Compost Operators, collect the buckets to empty out the food waste into our campus-wide 3 cubic yard EARTH TUB! 

 

The RadBurro E-Bike

     

 

 

 

 

Harvesting Compost

The Earth Tub can handle about 100 pounds of food waste and solid paper a day. After a period of 3 to 4 weeks, the organic waste is broken down to soil material . Then, the Compost Team harvests or extracts the humus-rich amendment from the decomposed food waste.

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Squad

Free Compost for Students

Once a month, when all the compost is harvested from the Earth Tub. The team leaves out a 96-gallon toter of compost at the R.O.S.E near the Warren House 53 for the student community to take free organic fertilizer for their gardening purposes!

 

 

Kristina Fiebig

"Hello! My name is Kristina Fiebig and I am the Compost Co-Director as well as a Senior here at Humboldt. Growing up my family always had a compost bin in the backyard, adding food scraps along with turning the soil became a joy of mine. I came to understand the importance of composting, the cycle from food to nutrient-rich soil. Over time it developed into a hobby of mine, sparks of satisfaction would fulfill me when I would pluck a lemon off our tree then compost the rines, from the excitement of becoming zero waste. When I heard about the composting organization on campus I felt the need to join. To be involved in something greater than me, something sustainable."

 

 

Max Cunningham

"Hi, my name is Max, student at Cal Poly Humboldt and first year intern for the compost branch of WRRAP. This is my second year at the school, and I am a junior in the ERE program. Composting is an important element of waste reduction, and sustainability. As someone who has integrated composting, and zero waste into my life as a part of proper waste disposal, I know it’s not necessarily convenient. I hope to contribute to a culture of proper waste disposal, and in doing so making it more convenient for others."

"Hello! I am Daniel Chaidez and I am a co-director of the compost branch for WRRAP. I am currently a third year botany student. I have been involved in gardening almost my entire life and as such, have a deep appreciation for composing as a sustainable agricultural practice. I am a service centered person who has been involved with multiple groups on campus, most of which promote STEM and service to a community."