Put in Garbage/Landfill

Most types of confetti belong in the garbage. It must be bagged or otherwise contained to prevent spills during collection.

Confetti that is made from newspaper or other natural fiber, can be composted. Please wrap in newspaper or contain in a paper bag before placing in your green organics bin.


Plastic Confetti = Microplastic

Microplastics are any plastic pieces less than five millimeters in length. These tiny plastic pieces can be easily be washed away by rain and end up in rivers and oceans where they pose a threat to wildlife. Avoid plastic confetti and other microplastics whenever possible.

Avoid Using Confetti Outside

Help prevent litter by using confetti inside only. Sweep or vacuum the area confetti was used in carefully so that none of it works its way outside and becomes litter.


Undyed Paper Confetti Can Be Composted

If you compost at home, you can add paper confetti to your compost pile. Avoid composting confetti made from dyed or glossy paper because it may contain toxic heavy metals.

Ways to Reduce

Use Natural Confetti

Dried flower petals and buds are natural and biodegradable, so they are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic or metallic confetti.

Did You Know?

Many Wedding Venues Have Banned Confetti

So many couples love wedding photos featuring a confetti-in-the-air moment, but venues have gotten tired of cleaning up the tiny, pesky pieces of trash. However, some of these venues will still allow dried flower petals to be used instead.

Rice Confetti Is Dangerous

Rice confetti is an old standby for wedding days, and you may think of it as a harmless, eco-friendly choice. However, it’s now commonly avoided because it may be hazardous to birds, who can choke on it. It also tends to be slippery on walkways, so it’s best avoided for your guests’ safety.