Accepted materials in municipal composting programs vary. Basic programs include only yard and garden waste such as leaves, branches, and grass clippings. More comprehensive programs accept food scraps as well, including fruits and vegetables, coffee grounds, tea bags, egg shells, bones, meat, fish, dairy, food-soiled cardboard, and baked goods. Items that should NOT go into your curbside organics or green bin include:

Pet feces or kitty litter
Soiled diapers or baby wipes
Dental floss
Cigarettes or butts
Vacuum contents and bags
Dryer sheets and lint
Demolition/construction materials
Dirt, rocks or sod
Styrofoam materials such as cups, meat trays, plates or take-out containers
Compostable cutlery and cups
Tissues or napkins with any bodily substances including mucus, blood or feces

Visit RCBC’s Recyclepedia for drop-off options or contact the RCBC Recycling Hotline for all options available in your community.

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