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The Organic Materials Processing and Education Center (OMPEC) is the program that leads Penn State's composting efforts as a waste disposal alternative. OMPEC formed as a result of the combined efforts of students, staff, a Personnel of Housing and Food Services (HFS), the Office of Physical Plant (OPP), and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS).

How it works:

  • The project composts:
    • Food waste
    • Landscaping debris
    • Animal manure
  • The composting is then used for:
    • Campus landscaping projects
    • Athletic field maintenance
    • Agricultural research and demonstration projects

Making it count:

  • What began as a 10 week demonstration project from one small dining commons is currently handling pre-consumer food waste and napkins from about 70,000 weekly meals in seven dining commons and kitchen prep wastes from two campus hotels and conference centers and campus daycare center.
  • For more information, please contact