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Guide to Purchasing Compostable Food Service Ware

Making good choices when purchasing food service ware products can be quite complicated. That’s because not all food ware marketed as “compostable” gets composted at the large-scale commercial composting facilities that process our county’s food scraps and food-soiled paper. Many factors play a role, including the ability to distinguish compostable and non-compostable food ware, the food ware item’s thickness as well as time spent going through the composting process.

While molded paper/fiber products generally break down, some other products—even if certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)*—may decompose only partially or not at all. This guide aims to assist you in selecting the best single-use compostable products currently available when reusable food ware is not an option.

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