University Facilities

Cherry Crossing Research Facility (Clemson Compost)

Composting at Clemson

Located at the Cherry Crossing Research Facility (the old Coal Yard) off West Cherry Road, the compost site houses the in vessel composting unit that process food waste from campus. This location also serves as a drop off area for logs, leaves, and yard waste from campus that will be ground into mulch for reuse back onto campus.

During the 2012-2013 school year, Clemson Recycling and Clemson Dining Services recovered 159,000 lbs of food waste to recycle as compost.

According to the EPA, the U.S. generates more than 34 million tons of food waste each year. Food waste now represents the largest component of Municipal Solid Waste reaching landfills and incinerators in the U.S.

Composting provides environmental benefits such as:

Enriching soils
Remediating contaminated soils
Preventing pollution
Reduces the amount of MSW ending up in landfills

For more information about composting, check out their blog or email Dave VanDeventer (

The Black Soldier Fly Project

An example of a Black Soldier FlyThe Black Soldier Fly Project is a waste-to-energy sustainability program at Clemson University. Students learn how to transform waste into valuable resources. Providing students with this invaluable hands-on experience is vital to cultivating a sustainable future. The benefits of the black soldier fly are being researched across the nation. With your support students will be enabled to further explore the potential of these unique insects while backing the sustainability efforts on campus. For more information please contact

To learn more about this project, visit this page and to donate and support this amazing project, please click here.