What DOESN’T Go in the Compost Bin

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To compost, or not to compost? Previously, we covered what belongs in your compost bin so now we’ll take a look at what doesn’t belong:

  • Plasticscompost, trash
  • Aluminum pie plates
  • Hot drink cups
  • Dirty diapers
  • Glitter
  • Chopstickscork, do not compost
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Toothpicks
  • Aluminum foil
  • Dryer sheets
  • Baby wipes
  • Cigarette butts
  • Dental floss
  • Cotton balls
  • Pet fur
  • Wax
  • Wine corks
  • Gum
  • Vacuum bagsjars, reuse
  • Animal carcasses
  • Elastic bands
  • Glass jars
  • Metal cans
  • Pet waste
  • Kitty litter
  • Twist ties
  • Butter wrappers
  • Bread tags
  • Ribbon
  • Styrofoam
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Produce stickers
  • Wires

As a general rule, inorganic materials, metal, and plastic cannot be composted. What can and what cannot go in your green bin also depends on your region. Be sure to research your township’s guide for composting to avoid contamination.


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