What is Compostable?
Organics Acceptability List
The list on the right is a general Yes, No, Maybe acceptable list for food, paper and other compostable items. The guide was created following the development of the Organics Recycling Outreach Guide that can be found on our Organics Collection and Drop-off webpage.
Contact your local compost facility to verify if the items on the Maybe section are accepted in your program.
Lists specific to each composting facility will be posted in the near future.
How do I know if a food-service item is compostable?
Minnesota compost facilities will only accept food-service items such as paper or plastic cups, bowls, plates, to-go containers or silverware, or straws if they are BPI or Cedar Grove certified compostable. Plastic-lined items or entirely plastic products must have the logo on the item itself to be accepted in organics collection or drop-off programs. Unlined paper items (ex. plates) do not yet always have certification on the item itself, however, the logo can be found on the packaging these items come in - an example of this is shown below. The packaging for the plates has the BPI logo on it.
Terms like 'biodegradable', 'oxo-degradable', 'earth-friendly', 'made from plants' etc. do NOT mean the item is accepted in organics recycling collection or drop-off programs. Items must have the BPI logo on them. BPI performs third-party testing to verify that products break down fully and safely in the composting process and that they leave no unnatural byproducts. The BPI has a catalog of all of the items that have been tested and have passed their third-party certification. When purchasing items, look for the logos to verify compostability. If you question whether or not a food-service item is compostable, search for the product on BPI's website : www.bpiworld.org.