Compostable Plates & Utensils Put in Garbage Don't Compost Them at Home Bioplastic doesn’t belong in your home compost pile, regardless of whether it’s biodegradable or compostable. Utensils made from bioplastic can withstand heat and liquids, so they won’t break down fully: think of the last time you used them to eat hot soup. Do Compost If There's a BPI Logo If you see the plate or utensil is marked with the BPI logo, that means it’s compostable. All bioplastic plates and utensils in California are compostable. Ways to Reduce Pack Reusable Utensils Consider packing reusable utensils for on-the-go meals. Metal utensils are reusable and more easily recycled than compostable or plastic utensils, which are single use. To-Go Ware Reduce plastic waste by picking up a pair of to-go utensils, which are made out of bamboo. Visit their online shop. Did You Know? California Says No to Misleading Labeling In 2008, California’s laws set out to help consumers feel more confident about bioplastics. State law prohibited the sale of food and beverage containers that are only biodegradable, degradable or decomposable. Those types of bioplastics are not compostable. If you’re in California, your bioplastic utensil or fork is compostable. Compostable Utensils: Not the Most Eco-Friendly of Them All? Out of all types of utensils—compostable, plastic and reusable—compostables are advertised as being the most eco-friendly. Yet reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they are easily recycled and not single use. Keep in mind that there’s a good chance that compostables will end up in a landfill, due to the absence of compost collection services in many places.