Composting and Recycling

Recycling on Campus

Earth Week Trash Audit 2010: ESC members sort trash to continue educating the community about recycling on campus.

What can I recycle?

Look for the recycling symbol:

  • Recycle plastics #1-7
  • Recycle glass and aluminum cans and bottles
  • Paper, stationary, newspaper, envelopes with or without plastic windows, magazines, catalogs, flattened cereal/food boxes, cardboard
  • Empty liquids and rinse before recycling. No food-soiled paper/cardboard or waxed paper (e.g. milk cartons)

Where can I recycle these items?

  • Basement of Wiedemann in labeled bins
  • Any on-campus bin labeled "recycling" or any bin lined with a blue recycling bag
  • Perimeter apartments can recycle all items in curbside recycling (blue bins) except plastics #3-7 (please use Wiedemann bins for these items)

Recycling other items:

  • Ink Cartridges
  • Cell Phones (phones with chargers are especially helpful)
  • Plastic Bags
    Wire Hangers
  • Batteries
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
  • TerraCycle Items: anything that has the brand label for Kashi, Scott (paper products), Malt-o-Meal, Frito Lay (Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos, Lay's, etc.), or Mars/Wrigley (Skittles, Starburst, Twix, Snickers, etc.). 

These items can be recycled in the recycling center in Lull Lounge (1st floor of The Brossman Center). Please place in appropriate labeled bin.

Recycling is really a community effort - we couldn't do it without our many partners, including Recycling Fundraiser where we recycle cell phones and ink cartridges from the Lull Recycling Center: Cell Phone & Laptop Recycling Fundraiser

We cannot recycle electronics (except as listed above), but you may be able to recycle them through, which pays shipping costs depending on your item.

Why Recycle?

  • The idea of the earth as a boundless warehouse has proven both false and dangerous. Damage to the environment eventually will affect most people through increased conflict over scarce resources, decline in food security, and greater vulnerability to disease. (ELCA Social Statement Caring for Creation)
  • Christian concern for the environment is shaped by the Word of God spoken in creation, the Love of God hanging on a cross, the Breath of God daily renewing the face of the earth. (ELCA Social Statement Caring for Creation)
  • God is in all creatures, even the smallest flowers! (Luther's Works 54:327)

For more information about the importance of recycling, click here:

We estimate that the seminary saved between $6000 and $7000 in trash removal costs through our increased recycling efforts!

Earth Week Trash Audit 2010: We were excited to see how much more was being recycled compared to the 2007 trash audit.

Composting on Campus

LTSP is proudly composting yard waste on campus (grass, leaves, sticks, etc.) and we have paired with a community organization to compost food scraps.  All our food scraps will be transported (approx. 5 mins) to the nearby Weaver's Way farm. In exchange for using their space, we will be giving a portion of the land behind our new student housing located at the corner of Boyer and Mt. Airy for a community garden, mainly for local school's educational purposes.  We hope to transition to on-campus composting of our food scraps again in the near future.  Please continue to check this site for more updates.

What can be composted?

Uncooked vegetables and peelings
Egg shells
Fresh fruit scraps and peelings
Tea bags / Coffee grounds
Dryer lint
Stale bread
Flowers and weeds

What cannot be composted?

Anything with oils on it

Cooked food

Dairy items



Location of the composting bins behind the maintenance building.

How does the composting on campus work?

Yard Waste:

All yard waste can be placed into the labeled bins on campus.

Food Scraps:


The refectory staff composts from all on-campus food preparations.  Extra food scraps in the refectory can be placed in the bin located next to the coffee maker, through the doorway to the left of the trash can in the refectory.  Please ask a staff member to point you in the right direction if you are unsure. The Environmental Stewardship Committee will take out the scraps and work with the grounds department to transport composting to Weaver's Way.


Take your scraps to the compost storage space located near the maintenance building between the library and the Brossman Center (see campus map - pdf).  There are metal trash cans for your scraps (pictured above). Please close the lid tightly after depositing your scraps.  Do not mix in browns; just dump, cover, and go!  The ESC and grounds department will deposit your compost at the Weaver's Way farm.


If you have any questions about composting e-mail

View a campus map (pdf) highlighting recycling and composting locations.