Composting - Coastal Carolina University
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Food waste composting started in August 2015 as a partnership between the TD Campus and Community Sustainability Initiative, Aramark Dining Services, and SMART Recycling.

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Compostable Material Amounts Diverted From Landfill: 

2015-2016: 95.19 tons

2016-2017: 61.81 tons

2017-2018: 102.54 tons

2018-2019: 83.85 tons

2019-2020: 58.20 tons

2020-2021: 40.97 tons


Partnership with Don't Waste Food SC 

Don't Waste Food S.C. is a collaborative campaign that is actively bringing together partners from across the public and private sector to help reduce food waste in the state. The campaign is designed to increase awareness of the economic, environmental and social impacts of food waste and empower individuals, businesses and communities to take action through outreach, education and technical assistance centered on:

  • prevention
  • donation
  • composting
 Landscaping and Grounds

Landscaping on-campus is maintained through the Facilities Grounds department

 Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

As a part of their certification, Facilities Grounds staff follows the guidelines from the Clemson Extension IPM program. IPM is a rationale that combats plant pests while reducing any negative impacts that control methods might have on the environment. The protocols of IPM seek to minimize the use of chemical controls like broad spectrum pesticides by carefully optimizing cultural practices while utilizing a combined pest control approach that includes biological, environmental, mechanical, and chemical methods as a last resort.


Existing Vegetation and Native Plants

The Facilities Grounds staff relocates vegetation throughout campus as much as possible. Native plants that are ecologically appropriate are also in the majority of the landscaping on-campus.


Campus Greenhouse and Composting

The campus greenhouse houses the plants utilized throughout campus as well as the compost operations. Most landscaping waste is composted through the Horry County Solid Waste Authority.



Tim Shank, superintendent

Jim Mills, assistant superintendent