Office of Sustainability

University of Mississippi

Composting Sift-a-Thon 2015

The UM Office of Sustainability recently hosted this volunteer-driven event on the Student Union plaza to promote food waste awareness, as well as teach students about the compost project’s history and present operations of the Ole Miss campus composting program. From 9 am to 1 pm on Wednesday, October 14th, volunteers worked to help sift through finished composted materials and learned more about the process of composting food waste as well as the vital importance of integrating sustainable waste disposal practices on our campus and in our community.

Why sifting?

Sifting is a necessary step in the composting process because it helps filter out twigs, rocks, and the like from the “good stuff” of the compost heap which is packed up and used for gardening upon completion. Since finished compost is distributed to places like the UM Campus garden, we naturally insist on producing only the highest quality, nutrient-rich soil that we can possibly offer for our friends and patrons here at Ole Miss and in the greater Oxford community.

How can I get involved?

We’ll be hosting another volunteer-based compost sifting event this upcoming November. Check back soon for more details!