- Non-compostable plastics (e.g. plastic grocery bags) are NOT acceptable in the Green Bin.
- Plastic bags labeled as "biodegradable", "degradable" or "oxo-degradable" are also NOT acceptable in the Green Bin. These bags will not break down at the composting facility and will contribute to the contamination of the finished compost.
Line your kitchen container or green bin with certified compostable bags, paper-based products, newspaper, or simply place your scraps in loose.
Acceptable certified compostable bags will be identified by one of the two logos* below:
Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) US Composting Council
Bureau de Normalisation du Quebec (BNQ)
|*Paper bags do not require this logo|
|Food leftovers, plate scrapings||Cooked, raw, moulding|
|Meat, fish, poultry and bones||Do not include packaging or absorbing pads|
|Fruit and vegetable scraps||Do not include fruit stickers, plastic mesh bags|
|Dairy products, butter, mayonnaise||Waxed dairy containers|
|Bread, cereal, grains||Do not include liners, bread clips or ties|
|Pasta, rice, pizza||Do not include Plastic bags or wrap|
|Baked goods, candies||Do not include foil lined paper bags|
|Soiled paper towels and tissues||Do not include Lint, dryer sheets, baby wipes, diapers|
|Soiled paper food packaging||Do not include biodegradable bags, vacuum bags|
|Food soiled cardboard||If not soiled, recycling instead|
|Used paper cups and plates||Do not include coffee cups and other plastic lined cups|
|Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags||Do not include Plastic bags and lines|
|Ice cream and milk & cream cartons||Waxed milk containers. Do not include soy/almond/coconut milk cartons, juice cartons|
|Baking ingredients, herbs, spices|
|Houseplants, cut and dried flowers||Do not include fake flowers,|
|Nuts and shells|
|Compostable bags (must have certified compostable logo)|