Welcome to the website of the University of Arizona
Are you a business interested in composting with us? You find our contact information here to get started! We're also happy to answer any questions you might have for us.
Check out the "About Us" page, as well as read about the "Cats in the news", to learn more about how we're turning garbage into gardens!
The Compost Cats work to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and increase local food security by diverting food scraps, landscape clippings, and paper from landfills and turning it into a high quality soil amendment for local agriculture and landscaping use.
The Cats work with the San Xavier Co-op Farm, located south of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Here, the program uses farming equipment generously provided by the friendly folks at San Xavier Farm and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to prepare the compost for sale.
San Xavier Co-Op Farm Open Hours for pickup or manure drop-off:
Sunday 7:00AM - 12:00PM
Tuesday 6:30AM - 11:30AM
Thursday 6:30AM - 11:30AM
For other pick up times or delivery, make an appointment on our sales page.
While we work with businesses around Tucson and compost at local events, we are currently unable to do residential pickups. If you would like your food scraps picked up, Scraps on Scraps is a local business that does just that! Pop on over to their website and get started today.
Compost Cat News and Updates
5/22/15 - We now have a sales page! Check it out on the menu bar, and order your compost today!
5/10/15 - Welcome MJ to the Compost Cats! If you'd like to meet this cat, stop by the Staff page.
5/6/15 - Compost Cats Supervisor and ship captain Chester Phillips collaborated with U of Arizona Office of Sustainability Director Ben Champion to write an article about campus sustainability efforts! You can read the full article here on Tucson's Daily Star website, and check out the opinion column gone mad by George Will on Washington Post, whom Chester and Ben refute on every point of contention.
3/10/15 - We'd like to welcome Christian, Kaitlin, Pat, and Nicole to the Compost Cat team! Swing by Our Staff page to check out what these cool new cats are all about!
3/5/15 - The Compost Cats will be composting at the University of Arizona Men's Basketball Game tonight in an effort to make the game zero waste! Stop by one of our green stations in McKale and say hey!
2/15/15 - Have manure you're trying to get rid of? Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for a drop off!
2/9/15 - We're hiring again! We need the help of two enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and sustainability-minded individuals to join our team as Compost Technicians! Tasks include assisting at the farm, collecting food scraps from local businesses, and forwarding the composting movement through business management and community outreach! If interested, please download an application here, and submit it to Chet Phillips at email@example.com by February 15th!
1/26/15 - The Compost Cats are hiring! We are currently looking to hire one or two marketing specialists who can help us with a wide variety of needs, including graphic design, market research, and more! If you have what it takes to join the Compost Cat Staff, please download an application here! Questions and comments can be directed to Chet Phillips, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
12/4/14 - The Compost Cats will be giving a presentation at the United States Compost Council's Annual Conference and Tradeshow! If you're in the Austin, Texas area from January 20th to the 23rd, swing by and check out our presentation!
11/10/14 - The Compost Cats were recently featured in Edible Baja Arizona! Be sure to read over the story here, as well as the many other wonderful features this monthly publication put out!
11/1/14 - The Cats are now selling their bagged compost at local farmer's markets! Be sure to check our Facebook page for the weekly location, and be sure to grab a nutritious bag of food scrap compost, or our ever lovely Zoodoo compost while the growing is good!
Compost Cats is entirely student run by undergraduate students at the University of Arizona, and is currently supervised by Chet Phillips, ASUA Sustainability Program Coordinator.