New signage makes composting program a student imperative

Signage encourages students to separate waste instead of staff doing it behind the scene.

April 22—When students eat at Ernie Davis Dining Center at Syracuse University on Monday, they’ll be participating in Earth Day without even realizing it.

For the past three years, Syracuse University has participated in a composting program in each of its dining halls. But it’s most noticeable at Ernie Davis Dining Center, where specific bins have recently received new signage to designate which is for different forms of waste.

There are separate bins for newspaper, food, and napkins and plastic waste, according to the signage hanging at the Ernie Davis Dining Center disposal area. 

“We have been composting for years,” said Mark Tewksbury, assistant director of SU Food Services. “The new signage gets students to do it rather than us doing it behind the scenes.”