25 Aug '11, 2pm
Can I Compost This? What to put in your composter — and what to leave out!
Compostable plates, cups, utensils and other partyware: Depends. Many home compost bins don't get hot enough to break down this type of picnic ware, at least not as quickly as is practical. (Compostable plates, cups and utensils are often more compostable in a commercial composting facility where the piles get much hotter.) Some newer paper plates and partyware on the market are labeled “compostable in home compost bin” or the like; try them out and see how it goes. We've found that this works better if the plates are ripped or cut into smaller pieces, as with any raw material added to a composter. (Read more tips for making composting easy as pie