Lincoln University (LU) Composting Facility was constructed in 2005 with a State grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources Solid Waste Management Program. The main purpose was to divert university cafeteria food waste from the landfill and convert it to a soil amendment. LU is the first and only university operating food waste composting with the use of an in-vessel composting machine among Missouri universities and colleges.
In 2008, Lincoln University Cooperative Extension (LUCE) started providing composting education programs to "Master Gardeners"™ and the general public. Composting programs continue to be conducted through the use of workshops, presentations, facility tours and how-to-compost demonstrations.
To increase awareness of the needs of waste reduction and waste conversion to useful products by providing the public with science-based research information on composting through education programs for a sustainable future.
Increase the awareness and knowledge of recycling and composting.
Promote sound operating techniques.
Reduce waste to landfill.
Improve environmental quality.
Create a sustainable future.