What Can You Compost?

The general rule is that if it was once alive, then it can be composted.  Everything that was once alive rots, albeit at different rates and processes of decomposition.  Below are acceptable materials for composting. Is your facility throwing any of these materials in the trash or dumpster currently?

  • all food waste (including meats, dairy, and oils)
  • yard  waste (flowers, leaves, twigs, plants, grass clippings)
  • coffee grounds and filters
  • tea bags
  • paper
  • soiled paper (towels, napkins and tissues)
  • pizza boxes
  • paper bags
  • wood sticks
  • newspapers (non glossy)
  • cardboard (non waxy)
  • some compostable utensils and dishes
  • some compostable packaging
  • some biodegradable bags

These materials are NOT acceptable for composting:

  • Metals like foil, cans, and wrappers
  • Glass
  • Plastics
  • Batteries and electronics
  • Lightbulbs
  • Cigarette butts
  • Glossy and waxy paper products
  • Feline or canine litter