Kitchen Pail

Use the handy kitchen pail to store your food scraps and food-soiled paper until you empty it into the green COMPOST cart. Do not place the pail at the curb for collection. You can line your pail with a certified compostable plastic bag, paper bag, paper towels/napkins or newspaper.

Compost Food Scraps

Compost all fresh, frozen, cooked and moldy food scraps, and food-soiled paper, including:

  • all leftover food
  • peels, pits, and rinds
  • eggs and daily products
  • bread, rice, pasta, & other grains
  • meats & bones
  • coffee grounds & filters
  • tea leaves & paper tea bags
  • food-soiled paper napkins, plates, & towels
  • food-soiled newspaper & paper bags

A list of certified compostable bags can be found at

Make a Pail Liner

You can use any type of paper. Newspaper or brown kraft paper works best.

Kitchen Pail Liner Instructions #1 1.
Fold paper as shown.
Kitchen Pail Liner Instructions #2 2.
Fold the top corner down to the baseline to make a crease line. Unfold.
Kitchen Pail Liner Instructions #3 3.
Fold the bottom left-hand corner up to the crease line just made.
Kitchen Pail Liner Instructions #5 4.
Fold the bottom right-hand corner up to the opposite side.
Kitchen Pail Liner Instructions #4 5.
Fold the top flaps downward.
Kitchen Pail Liner Instructions #6 6.
Open out to create liner for kitchen pail.


Be Foodwise…

Small steps can reduce food waste!

What do those dates really mean?

Reduce food waste by understanding food product date labels.

Best If Used By/Before – Indicates when a product will be of best flavor or quality. Not a purchase/safety date.

Sell-By – Tells the store how long to display the product for sale for inventory management. Not a safety date.

Use-By – Last date recommended for use of the product while at peak quality. Not a safety date except when used on infant formula.

Regardless of the date, consumers should always evaluate the quality of food prior to its consumption.

Don’t throw it out!

Try these tips to extend the life of your food and reduce food waste!

Wilted Food – Soaking in ice water for 5 to 10 minutes may reinvigorate wilted veggies.

Stale Food – Toast stale chips and crackers for a minute or two in a regular or toaster oven to crisp them.

Salty Food – Add vinegar, lemon juice, or brown sugar—or dilute a soup or sauce with water, crushed tomatoes or unsalted broth.

Sources:, and Waste Free Kitchen Handbook, Dana Gunders, 2015.