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Why should I compost?

Composting food waste and other organic matter can divert 20-50 percent of your household waste stream out of landfills, which are the third largest source of methane emissions. 

What happens to my waste?

Better Bin Compost has partnered with GoZero Services, a food waste compost courier who has been in the compost collection service since 2016. Our partnership means that we are able to focus our efforts on serving and educating our community.

As of right now, there are no compost facilities in southern Ohio that can process food waste. With GoZero’s help, all of the food waste we collect is transported to several facilities in northern Ohio from Columbus to Toledo. Our hope, is that as more people become educated and informed on zero waste practices, like composting, more opportunities will develop locally for diverting food waste from landfills!

What can I compost?

At Better Bin Compost, we are not accepting “compostable” or “bio” plastics in the bins at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

While the coding system below mainly helps us, you may be interested to know (G) refers to items that are mostly “green” or nitrogenous, or that decompose very quickly; (B) refers to items that are mostly “brown” or carbonaceous, or that take much longer to decompose.

No plastic, or synthetic materials, please! We sort your waste to make sure no contaminates are going into the compost, so please be mindful. Thank you for your co-operation.

From the Kitchen:

  • Food scraps

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps (G)

  • Egg shells (crushed) (B)

  • Coffee grounds (G)

  • Coffee filters (B)

  • Loose leaf tea (G)

  • Spoiled soy/rice/almond/coconut milk (G)

  • Used paper napkins and paper towels (B)

  • Unwaxed cardboard pizza boxes (ripped or cut into small pieces) (B)

  • Paper bags (shredded) (B)

  • The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors (B)

  • Cooked pasta (G)

  • Cooked rice (G)

  • Spoiled pasta sauce or tomato paste (G)

  • Paper towel rolls (shredded) (B)

  • Cardboard boxes from cereal, pasta, etc. (Remove any plastic windows and shred) (B)

  • Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating) (B)

  • Nut shells (except for walnut shells, which are toxic to plants) (B)

  • Unpopped, burnt popcorn kernels (B)

  • Old herbs and spices (G)

  • Peanut shells (B)

  • Cardboard egg cartons (cut them up) (B)

  • Stale pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds (chopped up so they can’t sprout) (G)

  • Wine corks (chop up so they decompose faster) (B)

  • Toothpicks (B)

  • Bamboo skewers (break them into pieces) (B)

Around the House:

  • “Dust bunnies” from wood and tile floors (B)

  • Contents of your dustpan (pick out any inorganic stuff, like pennies and Legos) (B)

  • Newspapers (shredded or torn into smaller pieces) (B)

  • Leaves trimmed from houseplants (G)

  • Dead houseplants and their soil (B)

  • Flowers from floral arrangements (G)

  • Dead autumn leaves (B)


  • Fur from the dog or cat brush (B)

  • Feathers (B)

  • Dog or cat food (B)

List is from Original article at: https://www.smallfootprintfamily.com/100-things-you-can-compost#ixzz5aG8xlyy4 © 2018 Small Footprint Family™ | All rights reserved. Author Dawn Gifford.

Where can I learn more?

More great resources for waste management practices for Cincinnati and Hamilton County can be found here. 

https://www.johnquinnrealestate.com/home-composting-guide/ - An in-depth guide for composting at home.







This page was last updated April 18, 2019.