’Greens’ are food scraps - typically fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, and other similar items. ’Browns’ are items that are more carbon-filled. These include dried leaves, newspaper, egg cartons, corn stalks, or shredded cardboard. You don’t need to worry about separating or layering Greens from Browns when participating in the residential drop-off program or dumping your compost at McIntire, but these are needed for backyard compost piles. Learn more about Backyard Composting.