Athens-Clarke County offers composting at our Commercial Composting Facility. Due to the rapid decomposition and higher temperatures, Commercial Composting can accept many items that are not recommended for backyard composting. Some materials, like compostable food service products, will not decompose fully in an at-home composting pile. Other materials like meat and dairy can create odors and attract animals in backyard compost but are not a problem for the speed and heat of commercial composting.
What goes in the compost cart?
Anything that used to be alive. Really.
Food scraps, including meat, cheese, yogurt
Dirty paper – Pizza boxes, paper plates, paper napkins
Cardboard, sandwich wrapping paper
Wax-coated cardboard is okay
Compostables can be pretty gross – hair, laundry dryer lint, beverages, spoiled meat, rotten fruit/vegetables
NOT these items:
Plastics that are not BPI certified
Paper cups (NEW - Paper cups and clean, empty paper containers are now accepted in mixed recycling collection.)
Just the food – not the containers (no Styrofoam or plastics)
Harsh cleaning agents (paper towels used with bleach, etc.)
Are your wares actually compostable? Check with BPI before purchasing!
Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) Certification
www.bpiworld.org The BPI is a non-profit association with the largest certification program for compostable products and packaging in North America. Their compostable logo verifies that products and packaging have been independently tested and verified according to scientifically based standards. BPI promotes best practices for the diversion and recovery of compostable materials through municipal and commercial composting.