In 2017 COA’s All College Meeting approved a comprehensive Discarded Resource and Material Management Policy , developed by students in the Zero Waste Club, that lays out goals and plans for 90% diversion of discarded materials campus-wide by 2025.

Our student-run recycling program reaches every floor of every building on campus, making it easy to recycle just about everything we use. Compost systems at our farms and dining services create four tons of compost a year from pre-consumer waste and six tons from post-consumer waste. Compostable plates, cups, and utensils used at special events are processed off-campus at a commercially licensed facility.

Campus waste audit
Embracing our discarded resources

Stories on waste, recycling, compost, and discarded resources at COA:

  • NEWS
    Top 10 Most Sustainable College Campuses in America [College Candy]
    With its energy-efficient buildings, off-campus organic farms, and recycling and composting program, College of the Atlantic is unquestionably one of the most environmentally committed campuses in the country.
  • NEWS
    COA to Scrap Single-Use Plastics
    College of the Atlantic becomes the first U.S. college to sign on to the Post-Landfill Action Network’s #breakfreefromplastic campus pledge, committing to eliminate all single-use disposable plastics.
  • NEWS
    Three Added to Trustee Board
    College of the Atlantic is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board of Trustees.