Oberlin Community Services is committed to eliminating waste from our pantry and garden. When produce isn't distributed in time (which we make every effort to do) and is no longer fit for consumption, we don't want it to be wasted. To address this, we have a three-bin compost system in place. A large amount of food is composted this way and is used to fill our garden beds. If we have extra compost, we donate it to the Legion Fields Garden compost or to individuals who raise chickens and use the decaying produce for feed. We are fortunate to work with Oberlin College students from the Environmental Studies department for our composting initiatives.

Three-bin system

This system creates various stages for fruit and vegetable scraps, weeds, leaves, paper material, and straw to decompose.

What do we compost?

Fruit and vegetable scraps, cardboard, paper scraps, straw, certain weeds, grass and leaves can all be composted. 

Why compost?

Composting reduces waste output and creates a fertilized growing medium for the garden.

Oberlin college environmental sciences

OCS is fortunate to work with students from the Environmental Sciences Department at Oberlin College. As part of their classroom projects, they have led composting workshops at OCS and have helped put a sustainable program in place. During the school year, they lead and continually improve our composting efforts.