If clean, all paper cups and plates can be recycled.
Dirty paper bowls and plates that are uncoated (not-shiny) or are listed as approved for composting can be put into the food and yard waste cart. Many paper cups and plates have a thin plastic (shiny) layer so they can't be composted.
Food-soiled coated-paper items go in the garbage.
Plastic lids from brittle drink cups and coffee cups should be recycled if they are 3" or larger. Smaller than 3", they go in the garbage.
Avoid the need for a throw-away items, and use your own mug or washable dishes to reduce garbage.
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