What are organics?
Organics include all food scraps, most non-recyclable and food-soiled paper, certified compostable plastics and many other things. At this time yard waste can not be included with other organics in the green organics recycling carts.
Food-soiled and non-recyclable paper
Watch for plastic-lined paper. Plastic-lined paper food-service containers must be BPI or Cedar Grove Certified Compostable.
Other residential compostable items
Certified compostable products
Items not accepted in organics collection program
- Yard Waste. Please set-out prepared to our yard waste collection requirements.
- Non-certified compostable plastic bags, products and plastic-lined paper products (ex: hot and cold take-out cups, ice cream tubs, Chinese take-out food containers, milk cartons, etc.)
- Large quantities of grease or oil. (Grease on a paper towel or pasta that was cooked with oil is acceptable. A container of grease that solidified would not be accepted nor would a container of used cooking oil.)
- Polystyrene foam aka StyrofoamTM.
- Items labeled as biodegradable, oxo-degradable, earth friendly, made from plants, green, etc. If an item is labeled one of these terms in addition to having the BPI or Cedar Grove logo, then they are acceptable. These terms on their own do not mean a product will fully and safely break down in the composting process.
- Wax and parchment paper (unless labeled BPI certified compostable).
- Cornstarch or 'biodegradable' packaging peanuts (unless BPI certified compostable).
- Fast food wraps and butter wraps.
- Items that can go into your blue recycling cart (including paper, plastic, glass, metal and cartons).
- Pet waste, litter or bedding (State will not allow compost facilities to accept these items).
- Fabric that contains synthetic fibers.
Dryer lint and dryer sheets (contain synthetic fibers).
- Items that have chemicals on them (including cotton swabs used for nail polish application or removal, cleaning wipes, etc.).
- Feminine hygiene products (State will not allow compost facilities to accept these items).
- Diapers and baby wipes (State will not allow compost facilities to accept these items).
- Foil-lined products.
- Hazardous materials.
A detailed “yes and no” list has even more examples of what can and can’t go into organics recycling collection.
Last updated Oct 9, 2018