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Silver Springs Organics Organic Material Guidelines

Organic Material Guidelines

Materials Collection Criteria

Follow the guidelines below to make sure you Keep the Green Clean!

Many items labeled as "compostable" do not completely compost in all commercial operations. New items have been tested and compost successfully in the required timeframe for Silver Springs Organics' system.

Manufacturers that wish to have their products tested in order to be considered for this list may contact Silver Springs directly. See below for commonly acceptable materials.

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Yard and Garden Waste

  • Garden spoils
  • Floral and tree trimmings
  • Leaves
  • Grass clippings
  • Brush
  • Tree limbs (under 8”in diameter)

Wood Waste

  • Limbs,
  • Trees
  • Stumps of any size

Food Waste

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Meat
  • Rice
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Shellfish
  • Bones
  • Beans
  • Pasta
  • Coffee grounds
  • Brown coffee filters
  • Bakery items
  • Cheese
  • Eggshells
  • Deli and salad bar foods
  • Brown paper towels and napkins
  • Food soiled kitchen paper towels and napkins

Farm Waste

  • Spoiled feed
  • Horse stall waste
  • Manure: cow, chicken, goat, sheep


Plastics of ANY​ kind

Styrofoam of ANY​ kind

Glass of ANY​ kind

Metal of ANY​ kind

All Nondegradables

  • Liquids
  • Grease
  • Oils
  • Treated or painted wood
  • Coffee cup lids
  • Fruit stickers
  • Straws
  • Foil/Plastic juice pouches
  • Cellophane
  • Painted and treated wood
  • Pet waste
  • Garbage
  • Hazardous waste
  • Foil, etc.

Soiled Paper

  • Waxed cardboard
  • Pizza boxes, frozen
  • Food cartons
  • Non-food soiled napkins
  • Non-food soiled paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Paper milk/juice cartons
  • Paper cups

*CAUTION: Paper food containers with a shiny or slick surface are prohibited because they have a thin plastic layer/lining (poly-coat) on them. They do not compost. These items are recyclable through other companies.


Food waste collected and hauled in a stationary compactor is prohibited from acceptance at Silver Springs Organics and will be rejected prior to offloading.

This list is subject to change without prior notice at the sole discretion of Silver Springs Organics' management. Please make note of the "Updated" date below to ensure the most current acceptable materials list is used.

Updated 11/13/2012

For more recycling information, check Thurston County Solid Waste

Recycling and green waste services are included with the trash service. Cart options for recycle are 64 or 96 gallon. Yard waste is 96 gallon only.

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