Paper Plates

Mixed Organic Waste

Do Not Recycle Food-Soiled Plates

Paper plates with any food, grease or oil residue cannot be recycled. Food and grease contaminate paper fibers and make them impossible to recycle.


Do Not Compost Glossy Paper Products

Glossy plates are coated with plastic, which cannot break down in a compost.

Ways to Reduce


Choose Reusable Dishes

Reduce paper waste by choosing reusable dishes over disposable ones. It’s easy to pack a set of reusable dishes for a picnic or a camping trip. They’ll need to be washed, but they’ll reduce your impact on the environment.

Did You Know?

Paper Plates Are Greener Than Plastic Plates

Despite being made out of trees, paper plates are better for the environment than plastic plates. Plastic never biodegrades, so it will stay in the environment as plastic — or microplastic — forever. Paper, on the other hand, will biodegrade. Neither option is better than using reusable dishes. Washable dishes create far less waste and pollution than paper or plastic.