How to Compost

Why should I make the extra effort to compost?
There are 3 very good reasons:
  • Composting will reduce the amount of household refuse generated, on average, by 30 - 40%.
  • Composting will reduce the production of greenhouse gases.
  • Composting produces nutrient-rich soil.

Where can I compost catering supplies and my other compostable material?

Here are some options for composting:

  • You can start composting in your yard or in a bin on your balcony
  • No matter where you live in North America, you can find a composting facility near you that will gladly accept compostable foodservice products.  You can find the one nearest to you by searching Biocycle’s website database: 

What can I compost?

Here is a basic list to get you started:

Nitrogen-rich matter
(called green or wet matter)

Carbon-rich matter
(called brown or dry matter)

Material that should 
not be composted

Fresh grass clippings
Fresh weed clippings
(Except weeds that have gone to seed or with persistent root systems)
Fruit and vegetable scraps 
(even rotten)
Egg shells

Wood Chips 
(disposable wooden cutlery included)
Dry leaves 
(palm leaf plates and bowls included)
Coffee grounds
(including filters)
Tea leaves 
(including bags)
(recycling is recommended)
Fruit pits
Peanut shells
Natural fibers 
(wool, linen, cotton, untreated leather…)

Dairy products
Meat and Fish
Oil (fat)
Rhubarb leaves 
(stalks can be composted)
Weeds that have gone to seed or with persistent root systems
Treated grass
Diseased plants or leaves
Wood ashes
BBQ briquettes
Animal or human excrements
(can contain pathogens)
Vacuum dust
Materials contaminated by pesticides or other dangerous products 
(ex. : treated wood)
Large quantities of waterlogged material