What items can I put in the food scrap carts?

Accepted food waste and organic material:

  • Cooked meats and fish, including shells and bones
  • Egg and dairy products
  • Food preparation scraps and plate scrapings
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, dough, bakery items, pasta and grains
  • Coffee grounds, coffee filters and tea bags
  • Consumable liquids
  • Wooden skewers and cocktail sticks
  • Food-soiled paper, for example:
    • Kitchen paper towels
    • Paper napkins
    • Waxed cardboard and paper bags
  • BPI certified Compostable serve ware

Not accepted in food waste deliveries:

  • Raw meat or fish
  • Butcher wastes, trimmings or renderings
  • Oils, fats or grease
  • Plastic of any type, for example:
    • Plastic bags or food wrap
    • Produce baskets or netting
    • Plastic or latex gloves
  • Foil, wire or rubber bands
  • Painted or treated wood, metal or glass
  • Non consumable liquids

Remember, if you are in doubt, THROW IT OUT!

For questions about whether specific items are compostable that are not listed above, please reach Charleston County at (843) 720-7111 or email recycle@charlestoncounty.org.  

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1. Why are the food scrap carts locked and what is the lock code?
2. Should I use a compostable liner bag in my bin or pour food scraps into cart loosely?
3. Is there a difference between biodegradable and compostable?
4. I live in the region but not in the official City of Charleston limits, may I participate too?
5. Can I add yard debris to the food scrap carts?
6. Where can I report a maintenance concern or program issue?
7. Why aren't there more drop sites?
8. How do I store my food scraps?
9. How frequently should I drop-off my food scraps?
10. Will the program accept compostable bags and other BPI certified compostable containers?
11. Where will the food scraps go?
12. How often are the food-waste carts emptied?
13. What are the benefits of composting?
14. How do I sign-up and is there a cost?
15. How do I participate and when are drop sites open?
16. What items can I put in the food scrap carts?
17. How is commercial composting different from backyard composting?
18. I already compost in my backyard, can I still drop off food scraps and participate in the program?
19. I’d like to compost in my backyard, do you have any tips?
20. Can businesses compost using this program?