All About Organics

Organics Recycling 101
  • Organics recycling is an optional cart-based program.
  • Organic materials carts are for the recycling of food waste and any yard waste that will fit in the cart, including grass clippings and hedge clippings.
  • Loose leaves can be placed in the cart for collection before and after the normal leaf collection seasons.
  • No materials will be collected from the ground except brush larger than 2 inches diameter and loose leaves during spring and fall leaf collection seasons.
  • The grass drop off locations have been removed from the five parks since grass will now be collected curbside.
  • Organics collection is a recycling service and, as such, is available for curbside pickup only.
  • When organics carts are delivered, a kitchen collector is also delivered for the daily collection of kitchen organics.
  • It is not necessary to bag organic material before placing it in the cart.
  • If you choose to bag your organic material, please use only compostable bags since other bags will contaminate the finished compost material.
  • Yard waste can be dropped off at the Glenn O. Hawbaker Recycling Center on Hawbaker Industrial Drive for a fee.
  • For more information review our Organics Recycling Flyer or watch our video on C-NET.

What Can I Put in My Curbside Organics Cart?

Acceptable Materials

  • Fats and Oil
  • Meat and Bones
  • All Fish and Seafood, including shells
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Eggs and Egg Shells
  • Milk, Cheese, and all other Dairy Products (1 pint maximum)
  • Bread and Grains
  • Coffee and Tea Grounds and Filters
  • Condiments (salad dressing, ketchup, etc.)
  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves (During the Off-Season)
  • Vines and Weeds
  • Old Garden Plants or House Plants Free of Soil
  • Wood Material under 2” Diameter such as Twigs, Wood Chips, Un-dyed Mulch, or Sawdust
  • Wood BBQ Skewers
  • Uncoated Paper Plates
  • Paper Napkins, Paper Towels, Bags and Table Covers
  • Greasy Pizza Boxes
  • Wet Newspaper
  • Plastic Bags Labeled "Compostable"

Unacceptable Materials

  • Pet Waste
  • Noxious Weeds
  • Noxious Plants (e.g. Walnuts)
  • Products Soiled with Cleaning Chemicals
  • Rocks and Concrete
  • Construction Materials (lumber)
  • Petroleum-based Plastics of Any Kind
  • Non-compostable Plastic Bags
  • Any Plastic Bags or Other Products that Say “Degradable” or Any Version of the Word, Including “Bio-degradable” and “Oxo-degradable,” unless also marked "Compostable"
  • Plastic Coated Paper Products (e.g. Tetra-paks, Milk Containers, Some Paper Plates and Ice Cream Cartons)
  • Large Tree Limbs (>2" in Diameter)
  • Loose Soil/Sod

Back Yard Composting
Backyard composting is still the most environmentally friendly way to compost. Please continue to use your backyard compost bin. Use our voluntary compost program to recycle meats, dairy and other items you cannot put in a backyard compost system.

To learn more, visit the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority's webpage concerning backyard composting. Visit their office behind the Mall to see compost bin examples up close.

Visit CCRRA's website...
Reduce Waste on the Front End
  • Visit find creative ways to help keep food fresher and longer.
  • When shopping, look for products with limited packaging material or packaging labeled "Compostable."
  • Mow often and keep your grass clippings on the lawn: Grass clippings will help naturally fertilize your lawn.
  • Purchase only what you need.

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