Food Waste Disposal Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve had a few great questions about specific items and whether they can or cannot be left at the food waste disposal drop off. As we learn more, we will post here! If you have questions about specific items, please reach out to us at HdGGreenTeam@gmail.com.
Q: Can I place compostable bags in the bins?
A: Yes, but they must be bags that are labeled as certified compostable. Some places offer plant-based bags, however these also contain additional materials which make them unsuitable for the drop off.
Q: I saved my pizza boxes! Can they go right into the green bins with food waste?
A: Yes! All accepted items at the drop off should be placed directly in the green bins. Remember that due to the capacity of the containers, we are only able to accept pizza boxes at this time- no other cardboard can be accommodated.
Q: Can I place toothpicks and popsicle sticks in the bins?
A: Yes! These items are compostable and are permitted in the bins.
Q: Can I leave raw eggs in the bins?
A: Unfortunately, raw eggs are considered a liquid and cannot be placed in the bins. Empty egg shells are accepted, as are boiled eggs. If you have eggs that have expired, please consider boiling and dropping off to save their nutrients from the landfill.
Q: Are paper plates and cups accepted?
A: Only if they are stamped as compostable. Most regular paper plates and cups have a plastic coating which makes them unable to be composted.
Q: Are kitchen paper towels and napkins acceptable?
A: Yes! Paper towels and napkins used in the kitchen can be dropped off, provided they are not soiled with chemicals or other materials which would be unsuitable for composting.
Q: Are all tea bags compostable?
A: Tea bags are tricky. Some tea bags are made from nylon material which is not compostable. Generally, these are a pyramid shape. Paper tea bags are compostable.
Q: Can plain brown bags be left in the bins if they are used to transport food waste?
A: Yes, as long as they do not have any sort of plastic or coating, plain paper bags are accepted.
Q: Are wine corks compostable?
A: Completely natural corks can be placed in bins, but we ask that you cut them into at least four smaller pieces first to ensure they are able to be broken down during the composting process.