Only the following items are allowed in the compost cart or bin:
Food Scraps: Fruits/vegetables, meats and bones, egg shells, dairy (cheese) and bread.
Food-soiled Paper: Napkins/paper towels, pizza boxes, paper-to-go boxes, coffee filters, and tea bags.
Yard Debris: Grass clippings, branches, leaves, and cut flowers.
Below are a few common items found in the compost cart and bins that prevent your organic material from coming back as compost.
Plastic Bags: Do not put compostable items in plastic bags.
Diapers and Pet Waste: Place in trash.
Plastic containers, glass or metal: Place in recycle.
Polystyrene: Place in trash.
Hazardous Waste: View disposal options.
- Yard & Landscaping
- Unpainted, untreated wood
- Palm, Yucca
- Grass clippings
- Leaves, Weeds
- Branches, Pruning
- Dirt or rocks
- Treated or painted wood or lumber
- Raw or cooked vegetable
- Meat, Bones
- Dairy products
- Egg shells
- Nut shells
- Small amounts of cooking fats, oil or kitchen grease
- Large amounts of fats, oil or kitchen grease
- Paper towels and napkins
- Tissue paper
- Paper cups & plates (non plastic-lined)
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Coffee filters, tea bags
- Shredded Paper
- Plastic-lined paper (milk cartons, coffee cups)
Other unacceptable items
- Plastic bags (do not bag compostables)
- Pet Waste
- Recyclables (plastic, glass or metal)
- Clean paper or cardboard (should be recycled)
- Polystyrene foam
- Hazardous Waste (batteries, chemicals, paint, etc.)
Tips for Composting
- Use a paper bag or reusable container and place directly into your outside container.
- You can reduce the “ick” factory by using shredded paper, or newspaper to line your compost containers.
Did You Know?
- Organic waste releases methane gas if it is thrown in the trash and landfilled. Only place food scraps and plant debris into your compost cart or bin so it has a chance to come back as nutrients for soil.
- Plastic bags do not break down and contaminate compost, please do not place your organic material in plastic bags.
- Reducing food waste is a big step in reducing greenhouse gases. Visit StopWaste.org for tips on reducing food waste in your home or business.