Composting Paper Towels – with Jen Rodgers

In the workplace, paper towels used to dry hands in bathrooms are responsible for a significant amount of the waste going to land fill. Being soiled, the paper is not suitable for recycling back into paper or cardboard. Composting it seems the obvious answer.

How can workplaces compost their paper towels? Where can the paper towels be composted so they are mixed with a suitable balance of organic materials high in nitrogen? How should workplace staff be involved so that the towels are separated from any other waste material?

The Otago Polytechnic is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability within tertiary education. They are one of a number of growing number of organisations and businesses who are taking action divert used paper towels from the landfill, by composting them.

In this programme I chat with Jen Rodgers who is the Sustainable Practice Manager at the Otago Polytechnic about how the Otago Polytechnic is composting paper towels as an interim measure while they progressively install energy efficient old blade handdriers across the city. We also chat about some of the other interesting sustainability initiatives happening at the Otago Polytechnic.

To listen to this programme about Composting Paper Towels in the Workplace please click on

To find out more about

This programme was originally broadcast on  the  18th June 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s