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What's Safe to Compost

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Yes. Compostable Put it in the bucket

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Meat, bones, fish products
  • Pasta, bread, cereal
  • Cooked foods
  • Dairy products, egg shells
  • Coffee grounds, filters, & tea bags
  • Paper towels and paper towel rolls
  • Soiled paper food packaging
  • Pizza boxes
  • Muffin wrappers
  • Flour and sugar bags
  • Paper plates
  • Candies, cookies and cake
  • Baking ingredients, herbs, spices
  • Household plants including soil
  • 100% cotton cheesecloth
  • Pet food
  • Items labeled BPI Certified Compostable

Nope. Not compostable with CompostNow Put it in the recycling or trash

  • PLASTIC (unless labeled compostable)
  • Styrofoam meat trays
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clams, oysters, mussels (basically rocks)
  • Candles, synthetic corks and gum
  • Artificial flowers and plants
  • Rugs, carpets
  • Cigarette butts, tobacco
  • Dental floss and Q-tips
  • Baby wipes
  • Disposable mop sheets
  • Dryer lint sheets
  • Vacuum cleaner bags
  • Hair, pet fur, pet waste
  • Dead animals
  • Fireplace or BBQ ashes
  • Recyclable materials
  • Items labeled biodegradable (meaningless)
  • Items labeled Oxo-Biodegradable Still not sure?
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