Produce Baskets Put in Garbage Clean Your Produce Basket If recycling, be sure to clean your produce basket. It should be free of any food residue. Soiled Cardboard and Fiber Produce Baskets OK to Compost Soiled produce baskets made of cardboard or fiber may be placed in a compost pile. Ways to Reduce Buy Loose Produce and Bring Your Own Container Shopping for produce at the supermarket or farmers’ market? Avoid unnecessary waste by opting for produce without packaging whenever possible. Bring your own container or cloth/mesh bag to use for loose produce. Ways to Reuse Bring it Back to the Farmers’ Market Some vendors at farmers’ markets accept used containers. Check with your vendor to see if this is a possibility. From Produce Basket to Handy Container Get creative — see if you can reuse your produce basket as a storage container for items around the home.