Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

Wooden chopsticks are separated out from garbage and composted.  Non-wooden chopsticks are landfilled.  Avoid waste by using reusable chopsticks at home and for takeout. 

You can also add wooden chopsticks to your compost pile. While they decompose more slowly than food, they will break down.  The compost you create in your backyard can improve your garden’s soil and sequester carbon.  

Did You Know?

Chopsticks and Deforestation

China now produces over 57 billion pairs of wooden chopsticks per year. The demand for these disposable chopsticks results in the harvest of 3.8 million trees annually. Disposable chopsticks continue to be produced at increasing rates in spite of the loss of 30 percent of China’s forests in the last 50 years. Read more from the Huffington Post.

Edible Chopsticks?

Perhaps the most eco-friendly chopstick is one that you can eat. Japanese designer Nobuhiko Arikawa of the company Rice-Design created edible chopsticks and other tableware out of baked flour, water, and salt, a combination known as sailor’s hardtack.