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..
- Wax and parchment paper (unless labeled BPI or Cedar Grove certified compostable).
- Cornstarch or 'biodegradable' packaging peanuts (unless BPI or Cedar Grove 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 20, 2017