The items listed below are materials typically accepted and not accepted in kitchen scraps collection programs. Please contact your service provider for specific information.

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Accepted Materials

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Food leftovers, plate scrapings
  • Meat, fish, giblets and bones
  • Dairy products, butter, mayonnaise
  • Eggshells and seafood shells
  • Bread, cereal, grains
  • Pasta, pizza
  • Baked goods, candies
  • Soiled paper towels and tissues
  • Soiled paper food packaging
  • Soiled newsprint
  • Used paper cups and plates
  • Butcher and parchment papers
  • Flour and sugar bags
  • Coffee filters and grounds
  • Paper tea bags and leaves
  • Solidified fats and grease
  • Baking ingredients, herbs, spices
  • Houseplants, cut and dried flowers
  • Nuts, pits, seeds and shells
  • Wooden stir sticks and chop sticks
  • Certified compostable food waste bags

Not Accepted

  • Non-fibrous items marketed as compostable or biodegradable (eg. containers and cutlery, packing peanuts and blocks, wipes)
  • Plastic wrap, Styrofoam
  • Plastic tea bags
  • Yard and garden waste
  • Milk, cream and ice cream cartons
  • Milk alternative cartons and tetra packs
  • Cereal and cracker box liners
  • Waxed paper and waxed cardboard (excepted when used to contain spoiled produce)
  • Chip and cookie bags
  • Pet food bags and other lined bags
  • Make-up remover pads, cotton swabs and balls
  • Dental floss, rubber bands
  • Bandages and gauze
  • Soiled diapers, baby wipes
  • Sanitary hygiene products, condoms
  • Dryer sheets and lint
  • Cigarettes and butts
  • Vacuum contents and bags
  • Pet feces or litter
  • Hair

Helpful Tips

  • Learn about compostable bags and which ones are certified compostable.
  • Use old newspaper to wrap wet food waste.
  • Line your kitchen container with a newspaper liner.
  • Use paper towels to wipe fat and grease off cookware. Do not pour fat and grease down the drain.
  • Learn ways to reduce the chance of wildlife being attracted to your food waste.
  • Continue to use your backyard compost bin.