Straw Put in Garbage Loose Hay Is Yard Waste Loose or leftover hay from a hay bale can be treated as yard waste. Find out what to do with yard waste. Straw Accessories Are Garbage Straw accessories such as hats, baskets and bags are often not really straw, so donate them or toss them in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Don't Just Toss It — Fix It If your basket or hat has a hole or few pieces missing, you can repair it instead of trading it in for a new item. Follow these instructions from SFGATE to learn how. Ways to Reuse Turn Old Baskets Into Planters Old baskets can be repurposed to make cute planters. Costume Props Straw hats, skirts and other accessories make great props. Consider using them for a themed party, photobooth or donating them to a local theater program.