Coffee Filters Compost (Yard Trimmings) Cart Coffee grounds can also go in your Compost Cart! Tea Bags are Trash Tea bags can contain plastic and are therefore trash. However, loose leaf tea leaves can go in the organics bin. Ways to Reduce Try Another Brewing Method Other methods of making coffee, such as French presses or espresso makers, don’t require any single-use materials. Use a Reusable Filter Try using a metal or cotton reusable filter instead of disposable paper filters. Ways to Reuse Reuse Paper Filters Most coffee filters can be reused multiple times before they stop being effective. Dump out or compost the grounds, then rinse and dry the filter.