Oles Compost


Oles Compost facilitates the on-campus Green Cone composting program and seeks to educate St. Olaf students about the personal and ecological benefits of composting.

Composting and Recycling

St. Olaf College has made a significant investment in its composting and recycling resources. On this page you’ll find helpful tips and instructions to utilize these on-campus programs. Click through the “Prezis” (embedded below) for a fun and interactive introduction to Green Cone Composting and recycling “dos and don’ts” at St. Olaf.

Also check out these FAQ’s about composting and recycling:
Composting FAQs
Recycling FAQs

Important Update:

In the 2012 academic year, the Composting Program was tested on all first year residential halls. The program was actually too successful, and had to be discontinued the following school year due to the sheer volume that was being composted. While it is a good idea to compost, it should be the primary goal of the consumer to REDUCE what is being wasted, and save the majority of the compost for things that are not edible, like peels and apple cores.

The Green Cones have been moved to the honor houses to accommodate a smaller scale composting operation.

The goal of the student body should now be on reducing food waste by going tray-less in the Caf to prevent taking too much, and to consume all of the fruit and contents of bag lunches that are supplied by Bon Appetit each day. Only then, will the Green Cones return to the dorms of St. Olaf.

More Information


Want more information about the compost program? Check out our Facebook page. Feel free to email us with questions at compost@stolaf.edu.