Accepted and Non-Accepted Materials

What is accepted?

Food Scraps:

  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Meat, fish & bones
  • Bakery & dry goods
  • Eggs & eggshells
  • Dairy products


Food scraps

Food-soiled & non-recyclable paper:

  • Paper cups, plates, bowls (without plastic lining)
  • Paper towels
  • Kleenex
  • Napkins
  • Pizza boxes, cardboard tubes from toilet paper and paper towels
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Certified compostable plastic-lined plates, cups, bowls and containers (must be BPI certified)
  • Parchment paper (BPI Certified only)


Pizza box and other acceptable papers

Other compostable items:

  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Certified compostable plastics (BPI certified)
  • Wood chopsticks, popsicle sticks and toothpicks
  • Houseplant trimmings
  • Hair and nail clippings

Not accepted:

  • Yard waste (grass, leaves, brush)
  • Plastic bags (take to grocery or retail stores for recycling)
  • Milk cartons and juice boxes
  • Animal waste, litter and bedding
  • StyrofoamTM
  • Non-certified compostable plastics
  • Plastic lined paper products
  • Recyclable items (paper, plastic, glass, metal, cartons)
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Liquids (milk, juice or oils)

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