Housekeeping & Composting
Housekeeping, recycling and composting will aid in greenhouse cleanliness and safety. It will also impact the reduction of pests.
- More information can be found in the Best Management Practices document
Good housekeeping is a fundamental principle of effective greenhouse operations. Good housekeeping prevents pest harborages, allows for easier and quicker problem identification, and sets a tone of order and discipline. Housekeeping has safety implications; clean and orderly greenhouses reduce the risk of tripping or slipping, and facilitate identification of other hazards
The research, teaching and display greenhouses on the Ithaca campus generate a large amount of waste plant material, media and other organic waste. To reduce solid waste, organic waste is composted on site or through Farm Services in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Specially designed compost bins are used to store the waste and eliminate environmental impact from excess run-off due to rain and snowmelt.
- Compost Procedures [PDF]
- Universal Waste Lamp Handling and Recycling Procedures for Cornell Greenhouse Personnel cover page for Proper Disposal of Light Bulbs at Cornell University Ithaca Campus [PDF]
- Universal Waste Lamp/Broken Bulb Handling and Recycling for Cornell Greenhouse Personnel Annual Training Checklist [PDF]
- Proper Disposal of Light Bulbs at Cornell University Ithaca Campus
- Procedures for Proper Disposal of Light Bulbs and Batteries at Cornell University’s Remote Facilities [PDF]
- How To Recycle on the Cornell Campus For...Light Bulbs
- Cornell University R5 Operations: Respect, Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle For questions &/or to arrange a pickup call R5 Operations at 254-1666, or email recycle [at] cornell.edu (recycle[at]cornell[dot]edu)