Put it in the bucket.


  • Fruit and vegetable scraps

  • Cooked foods

  • Meat, bones, fish products

  • Dairy products (not in liquid form)

  • Egg shells

  • Grains, rice, oats

  • Coffee grounds, filters

  • Tea bags & loose leaf tea

  • Herbs, spices, dried fruit

  • Household plants including soil (not pots)

  • The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors

  • Stale tortilla chips or potato chips

  • Spoiled pasta sauce or tomato paste

  • Crumbs from the bottom of snack food packaging

  • Stale crackers, cereal, breads, pitas, tortillas, pretzels, protein/energy bars

  • Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which are toxic to plants)

  • Spoiled tofu and tempeh

  • Seaweed, kelp or nori

  • Unpopped, burnt popcorn kernels

  • Old oatmeal

  • Peanut shells

  • Stale nuts & seeds (chopped up so they can’t sprout)

  • Avocado pits (chopped up if possible so they don’t sprout)


When in doubt, leave it out!


Put it in the recycle bin or trash.

  • Liquids (milk, juice, etc...)

  • Soiled paper food packaging

  • Paper fast food packaging

  • Paper towels and paper towel rolls

  • Unwaxed cardboard pizza boxes 

  • Muffin wrappers

  • Flour and sugar bags

  • Paper plates with wax coating

  • Candies, cookies and cake

  • Fats, grease, oil

  • Pet food

  • Items labeled BPI Certified Compostable

  • Items labeled ASTM D6400 or D6868


  • Styrofoam meat trays

  • Aluminum foil

  • Clams, oysters, mussels

  • 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 

  • Wine corks

  • Toothpicks

  • Bamboo skewers

  • Toilet paper rolls


When in doubt, leave it out!


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