Compostable Cups, Plates, Bowls, & Utensils

Compost

Updated on March 11, 2018

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Instructions

Make sure that the bags are labeled "compostable." If labeled "biodegradable", unfortunately, put them in the landfill.

Alternatives

Use reusable cups, plates, and utensils instead. When you do buy single-use items, look for 100% recycled content, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified or paper or wooden options.

Facts

In general, "Biodegradable" waste products have a one year or longer breakdown requirement and are intended for deposit in landfill settings, while compostable waste products have a weekly to monthly breakdown requirement and are intended for deposit in compost facilities.

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