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Composting 101: What can’t I put in my cart?

Do I need to take the labels off my fruit before composting them?

fstickerYES. Those cute little stickers on your oranges and apples are made of plastic and don’t break down into compost, so peel them off before putting your apple cores and orange peels in the food and yard waste cart.

Other stuff not allowed in the compost includes pet waste (double bag in plastic and put in garbage), coffee cups and milk or ice cream cartons (put in recycling).

Learn more about what’s accepted in your food and yard waste cart.