Below is a list of food waste and organic materials you can put into your Circle Compost buckets (note: we realize “compostables” is not a real word). If you think you have something compostable that is not on the below list, please contact us to see whether we can take it:
|Brown paper (brown paper grocery bags or other)|
|Coffee grounds and paper filters|
|Compostable food takeout containers (see photo and info below)|
|Cork (real bottle corks, not synthetic, and please break them up)|
|Egg cartons (paper based, not plastic or styrofoam)|
|Fireplace ashes (wood ashes only, no charcoal or other ashes)|
|Fruit, vegetables (trimmings, scraps, pits, rotten ones)|
|Hair and fur (not treated with any chemicals)|
|Hay and straw|
|Homemade or locally baked bread (no preservatives)|
|Homemade or locally made pasta (no preservatives)|
|Houseplants (dead plants, bouquets)|
|Matches (after use)|
|Mushroom stems and scraps|
|Newspaper (see important notes below)|
|Paper napkins (soiled only with food / organic material)|
|Paper towels (soiled only with food / organic material)|
|Pizza boxes (greasy ones are okay, but please rip them into small pieces)|
|Tea bags (no staples)|
|Tobacco and rolling paper (no cigarette filters)|
|Wood chips (no black walnut)|
|Wood shavings (no black walnut)|
|Yard trimmings (not treated with chemical pesticides)|
Compostable food containers: there are multiple types of compostable materials being used to make disposable food containers, the most popular of which are made from a “papery” type of material called bagasse – they look like this:
If you got takeout food in a disposable container that looks like the material in the above photo, it can go into your bucket! If you don’t mind ripping it into a few pieces, this will help it break down faster in our piles.
Egg cartons: if they are clean, please recycle them. If wet or soiled with organic materials, please rip them up and you can place them in your bucket.
Newspaper: please note that we can also take newspaper, but if your newspaper is clean, Philadelphia will accept it in your recycling bin, and this is a better option! If you do place soiled newspaper in your Circle Compost bucket, please be sure you remove the glossy paper inserts and please tear it up or shred it. When newspaper goes into our piles without being shredded or torn, it takes a very long time to break down!
Paper towels / napkins: please be sure they are only soiled with food or other organic waste. No chemicals or even anti-bacterial soap.
Pizza boxes: if you have the rare, perfectly clean pizza box, you can put it into your Philadelphia recycling bin. But we will take your greasy boxes! Please rip them up into pieces, though, and put those pieces into your bucket.