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What Counts as Organic Waste?

“Organic waste” is a phrase that can be interpreted a lot of different ways, especially when it comes time to throw out that old cotton towel, or those holey woolen socks.</br></br>Cotton is organic. Wool is organic. But, do they count as organic waste?</br></br>Here in the metro Seattle area, everyone has an organic waste bin provided by the city in which you place the obvious: eggshells, wilted salad greens, coffee grounds and the like. But, what about those socks, and that towel?</br></br><strong>Organic Waste List</strong></br></br>Here’s a basic list of things they’ll accept, keeping in mind that your organic waste bin isn’t exactly the same as your compost pile:</br></br>- Baked goods (and the stuff you use to make ‘em)</br>- Houseplants and flowers</br>- Paper (paper towels, egg cartons, napkins, etc.)</br>- Dairy (cheese, milk, ice cream, butter, yoghurt)</br>- Meats (including shells, bones, etc.)</br>- Fruits and veggies</br>- Coffee grounds, teabags and filters</br>- Waxed cardboard products (processed food boxes, takeout boxes, juice cartons)</br>- Hair (yep)</br></br>Basically, if you can eat it you can put it in your organic waste bin. That includes processed things as well, like cookies, chips, frozen pizza and so on.</br></br><strong>NOT Organic Waste</strong></br></br>Unfortunately, there are lots of things that are organic, but don’t qualify as organic waste according to city codes. Here’s a list of things that are not considered organic waste:</br></br>- Cotton products (towels, clothing, linens)</br>- Wool products (clothing, bedding)</br>- Rubber (flip-flops, dog toys)</br>- Leather (shoes, bags, belts)</br>- Liquids (not so much because they can’t be processed, but because they get stuck in the bin)</br></br>The good news is that most of this stuff can go in your <a title="Composting" href="https://www.atgstores.com/tools/lawn-garden/composting/" target="_blank">compost pile or bin</a> if you have one, although you may want to skip the shoes and flip-flops.
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