Frequently Asked Questions

We’re always happy to chat compost! But before you call, answers to your questions might be right here. Take a peek.

What can I compost?

  • Food Scraps
    Including cooked meats, bones, dairy, fruits, veggies, eggshells, pasta, nut shells, bread, coffee grounds, grains, etc.
  • BPI Certified Compostable Products
    Including biodegradable paper and plastic dinner wares, plates, bowls, cups, forks, knives, spoons, etc.
  • Non-glossy Paper and Cardboard
    Including pizza boxes, newspaper, coffee filters, napkins, paper towel, etc.
  • Yard Waste
    Including tree trimmings, leaves, chemical free lawn clippings, and invasive species
  • Herbivore Manure
    Including horse bedding, rabbits, goats, sheep, etc.

What is not compostable?

  • Glossy or wax coated paper
  • Raw meat
  • Treated wood
  • Branches larger than 3 inches in diameter
  • Ashes
  • Cooking oils or grease
  • Metal, plastic, glass
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Medical waste or vomit
  • Rocks
  • Non-herbivore manure
    Including cat litter, dog, reptile, human, etc.

What happens if I put the wrong materials in my bin?

Please remove anything non-compostable from your bin. If contamination is noticed during service our driver will remove it immediately on site. If contamination persists a fee will be assessed.

Can I bring my yard waste to you?

You can drop off your yard waste by appointment only. Please call or email us.

Do you offer collection services?

Big Lake Organics offers organic waste collection services for businesses and farms. Go to our Commercial Compost page to find more information. For farms, we offer barn cleaning services. Contact us directly for more information on that.

Still have questions? Contact us.