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“Hi! I’m GG the Garbage Goat, and I like to talk about trash. On my blog you’ll find interesting bits of information regarding how Spokane County handles its solid waste, how our recycling is handled, and other interesting things about waste. If you have questions about recycling or solid waste, you can contact the Spokane County Regional Recycling Information Line at 509-477-6800, or contact us online.”

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Feb 28

Where Do I Put These Pizza Boxes?

Posted on February 28, 2019 at 2:26 PM by Austin Stewart

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The party’s wrapped up, the guests have left, and now you have an unseemly amount of pizza boxes to deal with. What should you do? 

If a pizza box is clean, then it can be recycled. If it is dirty, then it should be composted in a Clean Green cart, or thrown in the trash. A box with cheese and tomato sauce residue cannot be recycled, but it can easily be composted at our local industrial compost facility, Barr-Tech. Even if there is cheese residue and a stray slice of pepperoni hanging around, that box can be put in your Clean Green cart from your service provider, or dropped off in the clean green section of your local transfer station

Pizza Box Flow Chart


Clean Green yard and food waste is taken to Barr-Tech, which uses technology to compost materials like cardboard and food waste that don’t break down quickly in a home compost system. This process makes it a great alternative for dirty pizza boxes that can’t be recycled. In fact, any food-soiled paper products like napkins and paper food containers are perfect for your Clean Green Cart. Paper products that are not coated with wax or plastic, like the linings in cartons and paper cups, can be disposed of this way. You can find out more about what should and shouldn’t go in your Clean Green cart by watching this video.

If your pizza boxes are clean and you decide to recycle them, make sure the boxes are broken down, and place them in your recycle bin or drop them off at a transfer station. Your recyclables should always be clean, dry, and empty, and when in doubt, throw it out!

Interested in learning more about composting? Spokane County offers a free Master Composters program each spring, with classes that cover everything from vermiculture, bokashi, and other compost methods. Sign up and find more information here (deadline to sign up for 2019 is March 8).