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What We Compost and What We Don’t

It can be tricky to determine what can be composted and what cannot. There are multiple composting techniques that have varying allowances for materials that can be added, and every composting site has different specific needs. So the simplest way for us to help you know what can be composted with Brown’s Greens is to give you a well thought out list. If you sign up for our composting services, you will receive a document of this list for your kitchen so you can always refer back to it!


  • All veggies and fruits
  • Eggshells and nutshells
  • Coffee (brown filters ok) and Tea (paper tea bags ok)
  • Baked goods/pasta/all grains
  • Grass clippings/straw
  • wood shavings/sawdust
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Livestock manure
  • Ashes
  • Dead plants
  • Any other once living yard waste that is NOT contaminated with paint, stain, pesticides, metal, plastic, or anything else in the list to the right.
  • Any other food scrap that is NOT highly salty, oily, fatty, or included in the list to the right


  • Meat
  • Bones
  • Dairy
  • Liquid waste
  • Wax
  • “Compostable” cutlery/dishware
  • “Compostable” bags
  • Twist ties, rubber bands, large produce labels
  • Any food waste that is fried, high in salt, oil, or fat (chinese takeout, pizza, etc)
  • Dog, cat, or human poop
  • Animal carcasses
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Treated and/or stained wood
  • Paper and cardboard, minus specified coffee filters and tea bags listed to the left.

We hope this helps you get started and always feel free to contact Brown’s Greens with any questions!

We love the compost service! And of course, the garden they made for my veggies - truly beautiful and functional!


Easiest, affordable, professional company that makes home composting so accessible!! Highly recommend them for your home composting needs!


Brown's Greens is a great local company! Zach Brown and his team planned and created a wonderful landscape for our backyard, including beautiful borders, mulched areas, and raised beds which have given our family veggies for 3 years. The work was done right, quickly, and the price competitive. We highly recommend Browns Greens!

- Terri Moon

We were thrilled with the outstanding service and quality of work that we had done by Brown's Greens. The prices were reasonable and the work was done right on schedule. We can heartily recommend Brown's Greens for any outdoor landscape or garden project!


I love Brown's Greens! I have wanted to do composting for a while but just don't have the time to do it on my own, and it is so inconvenient to take it somewhere else. But now it is picked up at my house once a week! They are always consistent in sending weekly reminders and picking it up. And I receive compost back to put in my garden, and my garden is loving it. So glad I can participate in cutting down on landfill space, improving air quality, AND in blessing the ground and the city in this way. Thank you, Brown's Greens!


"Brown's Greens built four raised beds for my vegetable garden -- about six by three feet each -- and filled each one with their best planting mix. As a result, my crop yield has been increased at least four times over. Zach's knowledge of soil content and composition has been especially helpful to me, since the ground in my backyard consists mainly of hard clay. I couldn't be happier with the results!"

- Jim Ware

Zach of Brown's Greens was very professional, communicated thoroughly, and left me feeling excellent about choosing him for our needs.