Complete List of What You Can & Can't Compost 

Here at Innovative Organics Recycling, we have a simple phrase to remember what is compostable: If it Grows, it Goes!

KITCHEN FOOD SCRAPS

NO

  • Oil & Fats (in bulk - like a 5 gallon can)
  • Plastic, Glass & Metal
  • Chemicals
  • Animal Waste
  • Wood & Aluminum Foil

YES

  • Meat & Fish
  • Bones
  • Cheese, eggs, and milk
  • Fruit & Vegetable Scraps
  • Any foods cooked in oil/fats
  • Table Scraps
  • Pasta, rice, and grains
  • Coffee Grounds/Filters
  • Tea & Tea Bags
  • Shells from Eggs, Peanuts, and Nuts
  • Stale Bread
  • Paper Towels

 

YARD SCRAPS

NO

  • Rocks
  • Dirt
  • Plastic bags
  • Processed wood
  • Landscape timbers
  • Materials that contain trash
  • Metal
  • Concrete
  • Other contaminants

 

YES

  • Grass clippings
  • Green leaves
  • Dry leaves
  • Sod
  • Straw
  • Wood shavings
  • Twigs
  • Dead Brown Plants or Potted Plants
  • Sawdust
  • Pine Needles
  • Finely-Chopped Woody Brush
  • Corncobs
  •  Grass clipping
  •  Branches
  •  Shrubbery

 

Still not sure if something is compostable? Visit our FAQ's page, or reach out and ask, we're always happy to answer your composting questions.