Serving Ware Compost Acceptance Guidelines
In certain circumstances such as in the back-of-house at food service locations and at special events, 100% pulped fiber plates and bowls may be collected for composting. Below is the policy for collecting these materials:
It is required that volunteers/staff monitor the collection to prevent/remove other serving ware (for example: staffed waste stations at events, trained dish room staff sorting at a dining facility, etc.).
Look for the following traits to find these approved products: 1) 100% pulped or molded fiber and 2) plates and bowls only. Product must be verified as containing 100% fiber with no other materials, whether or not those materials are labeled as compostable. For example, Chinet™ brand “molded fiber” plates and bowls are a commonly available product. Composting of serving ware is only permitted where these types of plates and bowls are being used.
We understand there are many products on the market that claim to be compostable. The products detailed above are the only serving ware items approved for composting on campus. Other plate and bowl products and other types of serving ware are not allowed.
Serving ware of any kind is NOT allowed in department compost program, res. hall program, or unstaffed public area collection bins.