COMPOSTING: Facial tissues that are clean, unused, or used only with water or food products can be composted. Place them in your Drop-Off composting bin, or in your backyard compost pile.
NOTE: Tissues used to blow your nose are acceptable in Drop-Off Composting, but should not be placed in backyard compost.
TRASH: Any material that is soiled with the following is NOT compostable and must be thrown in the trash:
– human or pet waste
– cleaning agents
HAZARDOUS WASTE: If you have used paper products or rags to clean up petroleum-based materials or solvents (see list of hazardous waste here), you must bring them to the CSWD Environmental Depot (drop-offs by appointment ONLY) in South Burlington (available to CSWD businesses and residents only) for proper, safe disposal.
Limitations, regulations and other specifications
Tissues are NOT recyclable because the fibers are too short to be turned into new paper products. If you are unable to compost facial tissues, please place them in the trash.
Tissues used to blow your nose are accepted in Drop-Off Composting. The high-tech composting process at Green Mountain Compost reaches temperatures high enough to ensure human or food-borne pathogens are completely wiped out. Used tissues should not be added to a backyard composting bin because it is not likely to be hot enough to break down potential pathogens.