Guide for Reuse, Repair, Recycling, and Safe Disposal
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Food Service Ware - Compostable Plastic - BPI Certified Products

Consider using reusables instead of single-use items.

Most composters across California now view compostable plastic as a contaminant to the finished compost and are screening these and along with other single-use plastics out and putting them into the landfill. Compost is a soil amendment that gets applied to agricultural lands to nourish the soil that the food and beverages we consume are grown.

Find PFAS-free compostable fiber-based and plastic food ware products: BPI-certified list ; CMA-Approved list; and CEH’s foodware database. Learn about BPI Certification here. The Center for Environmental Health's Green Screen Certified Foodware database shows products without PFOAs and other toxic chemicals.


Oakland accepts this item in your curbside garbage container.

Businesses and institutions are allowed to put BPI Certified compostable plastic food ware (ex. utensils, cups, lids, straws, to-go containers) in indoor compost/organics collection bins. For questions, please contact your service provider.

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