Accepted Items

The following are organics items accepted at the Hopkins Brush & Yard Waste drop off site: 
  • Baked goods
  • Bamboo food service items
  • Berry cartons (paper only)
  • Bones
  • Candy (removed from wrapper)
  • Cellulose sponges
  • Cereal
  • Certified compostable food service items (must be labeled as such)
  • Cheese and cheesecloth
  • Chopsticks and coffee stir sticks (wood only)
  • Coffee cups (must be labeled certified compostable)
  • Condiment packets (paper only, including salt, pepper, sugar and sugar substitute)
  • Corks (natural only, plastic corks are garbage)
  • Corn cobs, husks and shuckings
  • Cotton balls (without chemicals on them)
  • Dough
  • Dust bunnies
  • Egg cartons (paper only)
  • Egg shells
  • Facial tissue
  • Fish and fish parts
  • Food
  • Flour and sugar paper bags (no plastic lined bags)
  • Flower bouquets (remove ribbon, plastic and metal)
  • Frozen foods
  • Fruit (including peels, seeds and pits)
  • Fur from pet grooming (no fur clothing)
  • Grains
  • Gravy and sauces
  • Grease (small amounts only, wiped in paper towels)
  • Hair (human and pet)
  • Herbs and spices (fresh or dried)
  • Indoor plants and trimmings (no dirt or outdoor plants)
  • Jam and jelly
  • Meat and meat products
  • Melon, pumpkin and gourds
  • Nail clippings (no polish)
  • Newspaper that is wet with food or dirt
  • Nuts and nut shells
  • Oatmeal
  • Oysters, mussels and clams (including shells)
  • Paper bags (no plastic lined bags)
  • Paper take-out containers and fast food packaging (must be labeled certified compostable)
  • Paper plates and cups (must be labeled certified compostable)
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Pastries and pies
  • Pencil shavings
  • Pet food (dry or wet, removed from bag or can)
  • Pizza boxes
  • Popcorn kernals
  • Popsicle sticks and toothpicks (wood only)
  • Q-tips™ with paper stems only (no plastic)
  • Sawdust (untreated wood only)
  • Shredded paper (no staples, paper clips or plastic)
  • Tea bags (no nylon, with staples removed - tea bag packaging must be paper only, with no plastic or foil lining)
  • Tissue paper (no glitter or foil)