Guidelines for composting with Cayuga Compost
We will not accept waste contaminated with glass, metal, plastic or Styrofoam.
No strictly biodegradable or degradable products, these products will break down but leave behind a toxic residue.
No recyclable products should be added to organic waste stream. Recyclable containers will not decompose during the composting process. They are sorted and removed from the compostable mix which increases labor and processing time. These factors combine to drive up cost of organic waste collection and composting.
Recyclable paper and fiber waste can be composted if soiled by food or grease, example pizza boxes. Wet paper is still recyclable.
Because Cayuga Compost uses a large commercial process, items that typically present challenges to compost are acceptable in our waste stream. They include meat, dairy, fish, bones, fat, grease and shells.
Cayuga compost will accept any product that meets the ASTM-6400 standard.
The ASTM-6868 standard is for products that contain compostable plastic lining that is attached to another compostable product (like paper).
These products will be stamped with one of the labels at right that denotes computability.
A list of brands that produce these certified products can be found at BPI World.