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How do I know if a utensil, cup, or plate is compostable in San Francisco?

                                        

 

If you decide to use one-time use foodware, follow these tips:

Paper: Food-soiled paper plates, paper cups, paper to-go cartons, pizza boxes, and napkins should be composted. 

Plastic: Plastic utensils, plates, and cups can be recycled in the blue bin.

Compostable Utensils: To determine whether a plastic utensil or cup is compostable, it must be labeled "compostable" (label often found at the bottom of cups and on the handle of utensils). Only fully compostable items can be labeled “compostable” because these items have been certified by a third party like Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

Beware of fake compostables!

Fake compostables often say "biodegradable," "made from plants," "compost," or "bio-compostable." These items are NOT compostable and should go in the black bin. These items do not break down in San Francisco’s composting facilities.

Consider reusables 

Avoid the confusion! Use reusable plates, utensils, cups, and napkins instead.

 

 

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