Compost: Do's and Don'ts

Contamination in our scrap collections is a serious hurdle that must be addressed. Plastics, PLU stickers, and general trash can interfere greatly with the final compost product. We pride ourselves on establishing and maintaining good relationships with local composters, but frequent contamination can cause issues. It is imperative that our customers are aware of what they can and cannot compost. Every couple of months we send reminders out to participants to stress the importance of proper waste separation.

What you can compost from your Kitchen:

used coffee grounds R4VFKGZ
COFFEE GROUNDS +
floral tea bag ZFMNJWN
TEA BAGS
broken eggshells P8ZFATD
EGGSHELLS
vegetables fruits and cereals Z69N78Q
FRUITS + VEGETABLES
hard shell nuts PL75HKZ
NUT SHELLS
dairy products PXTCZJ4
DAIRY
raw meat beef steak on white top view Q2EZRMA
MEATS AND BONES
assortment of food rich on fiber and carbohydrates W6KZ873
RICE, PASTA, BREAD
+ OTHER GRAINS

What you can compost from your Yard and Garden:

green grass texture YVZUNXM
GRASS CLIPPINGS
dried hay or straw with grains PW4KG3Z
HAY AND STRAW
collection of various succulent plants QLDF793
HOUSEPLANTS
close up of blooming yellow dandelion flowers tara PLEYZSC
WEEDS
autumn leaves on the forest ground EKDRSZ7
LEAVES
background of fresh young spruce branches natural 9E3KY3S
PINE NEEDLES
wood shavings background texture P3XLXBH
WOOD CHIPS
autumn leaves on the forest ground EKDRSZ7 Copy
TWIGS AND YARD CLIPPINGS

What you can Compost from your Household:

white shaggy fur texture background dark wool KFNTUQT
HAIR AND FUR
morning newspaper close up PAW7QH8
NEWSPAPER – SINGLE SHEETS ONLY
burning coal background 3NL6J8D
FIREPLACE ASHES
close up of cutters of wood lying among sawdust PWVPZM9
SAWDUST

What you CANNOT Compost:

Most compostable bags, plasticware, cups, and to-go containers are not OMRI (Organic Materials Research Institute) certified, therefore we cannot accept these materials.

bananas delicious food fresh 365810
PLU STICKERS
(fruit stickers)
urban hygiene small black schnauzer pooping on gra BAXFPEJ
PET WASTE (E.G., DOG OR CAT FECES, SOILED CAT LITTER)
blank pesticide jug container mock up in wheatgras FRDNYME
YARD TRIMMINGS TREATED WITH CHEMICAL PESTICIDES
avocado seeds biodegradable single use cutlery GWJ5VND
“COMPOSTABLE” PLASTIC CUTLERY
coffee cups on wooden JKV5WC9
“COMPOSTABLE” K-CUPS
disposable plastic bag waste recycling environment PXBJN67
“COMPOSTABLE” plastic bags
black charcoal background VJW7KMY
COAL OR CHARCOAL ASH
colorful plastic rubbish and garbage pile XD9TE7U
PLASTIC
metal pipes 8MG6LS9
METAL