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Seasonal observations of the UCCE Master Gardeners
by Nick Meinzer
on June 9, 2019 at 5:32 PM
Can you put commercially compostable k-cup pods in the green bin? (Can’t see if you accept commercially compostable, assuming so)
by Esther Blanco
on June 9, 2019 at 7:22 PM
In the City of Fairfield, Republic Services is the hauler. And Republic Services does not compost any kind of "compostable plastics". Their processing facility doesn't handle it. So please do not put any compostable plastic in the green / yard bin.  
Also, compostable plastics are made from corn byproducts do not go into the recycling bin, because they will contaminate the recycling stream. Unfortunately, unless the manufacture takes back the materials, they must go in to the trash.  
If the product is a paper base product that isn't coated with plastic(s), then they can go in the green bin. They must breakdown and biodegrade, when processed into compost.  
If you live in another city, contact your local trash/recycling hauler for more information.
by Angela Waterford
on September 16, 2019 at 12:03 PM
I'm planning to host a large event for my guests, and it would be useful for the environment if I rent a bin that will allow them to sort their waste so that the biodegradables can be turned into compost. Thanks for the idea that I can rent a three-bin system for them so that they can make sure that their food wastes are separated from the plastics and the paper cups. I think I'll look for a company that will let me rent this for a week since my party will be going on for a whole week.
by Tori Raddison
on December 19, 2019 at 8:43 AM
I had no idea you could put your food waste in a green bin and they'll take it! That's awesome because I've been looking for more ways to be eco-friendly. I've even been thinking of starting my own compost bin!
by Adam Golightly
on October 13, 2020 at 2:50 PM
My mom has a lot of green waste from her garden in the winter when they all start to die. She planted a lot this Spring and is worried about cleaning it up by herself. She has been thinking about getting some help from a professional so that it will work a lot better. I had no idea that spending things to a landfill can only add to the carbon monoxide and greenhouse gases.
by Rebecca Gardner
on February 12, 2021 at 11:14 AM
I was surprised when you said that green waste can create methane gas if it ends up in a landfill. My brother is looking for a commercial trash collection he can work with when he starts a landscaping business this spring. I'll share this info to help him realize the importance of finding a trash service that offers green waste collection!
by Hugo martinez
on April 19, 2021 at 11:08 AM
Just to confirm.. Large green bins for yard waste does not need to be put in bags ?
by Esther Blanco
on June 1, 2021 at 1:20 PM
Hello - Yes, the Green / compost bin should not have any plastic, so no bags. Even "bio-degradable" plastic should not be put in the green bin. Please check with your local trash company for details specific to your area. Each agency processes recycling and composting differently (which is why they maybe slightly different)  
Plastic bags - such as the ones you get from the stores - can be recycled at most grocery stores and larger retail stores such as target and best buy have recycling centers.
by Sue Hart
on January 8, 2022 at 12:39 PM
Can food in gravy be put into the green bin?
by Chris David
on January 14, 2022 at 5:54 AM
I’m not that much of an internet reader to be honest but your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back down the road.
by Esther Blanco
on January 14, 2022 at 10:08 AM
Hi Sue -  
Things that are very greasy might be best put in the trash. The Sewer District asks that we don't put used grease or greasy things down the drain, because it clogs the sewer pipes.
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