Composting Guide

What not to compost

Have any questions about what you can compost in the dining halls and what you can’t? As a general rule, all food is compostable, but many other items are not! Check out this guide to find out what can be tossed with the compost and what can’t.


  • All food
  • Coffee cups
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Earthwise cutlery (forks, knives, spoons)
  • Wooden coffee stirrers
  • Earthwise take-out container
  • Chopsticks
  • Tea bags
  • Straws (from the dining halls)
  • Paper bags
  • Grab ‘n Go sandwich wrapper


  • Plastic wrappers (from crackers, etc.)
  • Sugar, Sweet N Low, Equal packets
  • Chip Bags
  • Granola and protein bar wrappers
  • Vegan Sliced Cheese Wrappers
  • Individual yogurt cups (the cups are recyclable)
  • Individual soy milk cartons