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What’s accepted for Drop-Off Composting?

While yard trimmings and many other items are compostable, there are some items that we don’t accept in our Drop-Off Composting program. Here’s what to put in your bucket.

Food & beverages

If it’s edible, we can compost it! This includes:

  • Fats and oils
  • Meat and bones
  • Fish and seafood, including shells
  • Fruits and vegetables (remove stickers!)
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Milk, cheese, & all other dairy products
  • Bread, pasta and grains
  • Coffee grounds and tea leaves
  • Condiments  (ketchup, mustard etc.)
  • Soups and sauces

Food-soiled paper & compostable packaging

Please recycle everything you can and compost only small amounts of food-soiled paper including:

  • Uncoated paper plates
  • Greasy take-out pizza boxes (recycle parts that aren’t food-soiled)
  • Uncoated paper take-out containers
  • Beverage cups marked “compostable”
  • Paper napkins and towels
  • Uncoated paper bags
  • Coffee filters
  • Paper tea bags
  • Wooden BBQ skewers
  • Compostable products such as cups, take-out containers, utensils, etc. (MUST be BPI Certified or meet ASTM D6400 or D6868 testing standards and be CLEARLY labeled).

Yard debris

  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Weeds
  • Garden debris
  • House plants

Click here for more details and limitations on yard debris.

We do not accept:

  • Plastic [Note: All compostable products—cups, utensils, etc—MUST be certified compostable and clearly labeled]
  • Products that are labeled biodegradable, degradable, photo-degradable, oxo-degradable, etc.
  • Cat, dog, or human waste


For more information on what Green Mountain Compost accepts, please visit their What is Compostable page.