Organics is the biodegradable portion of trash that can be composted. This includes:
all food scraps such as leftovers, peelings and spoiled food
soiled, non-recyclable papers such as paper towels, napkins, delivery pizza boxes
certified compostable products such as compostable plastic food ware and bags labeled with a Cedar Grove Composting or Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo
Why is organics important?
It is estimated that organics makes up 25% - 35% of what we throw away. Organics such as food waste, non-recyclable paper, and compostable products that are separated for composting can be recycled into valuable compost instead of being thrown away. Compost is a soil amendment that benefits all soil types and greatly improves moisture retention in sandy soil. It is used in landscaping and road construction projects.