Compostable Cups, Plates & Utensils

Put in Garbage

Cups, plates and utensils made of wood or other plant-based materials can go in the Mixed Organics Waste cart.

no compost

Don't Compost Them at Home

Bioplastic doesn’t belong in your home compost pile, regardless of whether it’s biodegradable or compostable. Utensils made from bioplastic can withstand heat and liquids, so they won’t break down fully — they need to be processed by an industrial facility.


BPI Logo? Compost Industrially

If you see the plastic item is marked with the BPI logo, that means it’s compostable in an industrial facility.

Ways to Reduce


Choose Reusable for Parties

Provide guests with reusable utensils when entertaining. Dishes only need to be washed once — single-use plastic will be around long after we’re gone.


Pack Reusable Utensils

Reduce plastic waste by packing a pair of to-go utensils for on-the-go meals. Metal or bamboo utensils, such as To-Go Ware, are best. Visit To-Go Ware’s online shop.

Did You Know?

Compostable Utensils: Not the Most Eco-Friendly of Them All?

Out of all types of utensils — compostable, plastic and reusable — compostables are advertised as being the most eco-friendly. However, reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they are easily recycled and not single-use. There’s a good chance that compostable items will end up in a landfill due to the absence of compost collection services in many places.

California Says No to Misleading Labeling

In 2008, California’s laws set out to help consumers feel more confident about bioplastics. State law prohibited the sale of food and beverage containers that were only biodegradable, degradable or decomposable, because those types of bioplastics are not always compostable. Now, if an item with any of those labels is distributed in California, it is also compostable.