Residential Food Scraps

Acceptable Green Cart Items:

Unlike home composting, all food scraps are acceptable. All plastics, including those labeled as 'compostable' will not be collected.

Food Scraps:

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Fruit (pits and nuts too)
  • Vegetables

Soiled Paper:

  • Coffee filters
  • Tea bags
  • Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels

Yard Trimmings:

  • Branches and brush (less than 4” diameter and 2’ long)
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses, weeds and leaves

These items are NOT accepted in the green cart:

  • Aluminum foil or trays
  • Bio-bags and other plastics labeled as “compostable or biodegradable”
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing and linens
  • Cooking oil
  • Corks
  • Diapers
  • Dirt, rocks or stone
  • Flower pots or trays
  • Foil-backed or plastic-backed paper
  • Glass, metal or plastic
  • Juice or soy milk boxes
  • Kitty litter or animal feces
  • Liquids or ice
  • Plywood, pressboard, painted or stained wood
  • Styrofoam
  • Waxed paper, milk cartons or take-out boxes


Food Scraps FAQ

What can I put in my green bin?

What is not allowed in my green bin?

I just bought bio-bags at the store.
They say they are compostable. Can I use them?

How can I contain my scraps and keep my cart clean?

What can I do to prevent odors?

Will this attract rats, bugs and other vermin?

Where is this material taken?

I’ve heard meat and cheese can’t be composted.
How is this material allowed?

Can I buy this compost?

I have more questions, who can I ask?

What is one of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill each month? Compost your food scraps!

Depending on where you live, residents can put ALL food scraps in their yard debris cart. Almost 30% of residential garbage is food waste. By sending your food scraps to be composted instead of landfilled, you are preserving landfill space, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and allowing nutrients to return to the soil.

In addition to the usual items accepted such as weeds, leaves, landscape prunings, and grass clippings, when we say "all" food scraps we mean it. This includes: cheese, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice, bread, coffee filters and grounds, tea bags, soiled paper towels and egg shells. In order for this program to be successful, it is important that contaminates are kept out of the yard debris can. That means NO: glass, plastic bags, compostable plastics (even "bio-bags"), poison oak, cactus, palm fronds, bamboo, sod, dirt, animal waste or other refuse.

How does it work?

Instead of scraping plates into the garbage or into the disposal, scrape them into a paper bag or wrap in newspaper. Simply put the whole thing into the yard debris cart. Or, place a bucket or bowl on the counter while preparing a meal and dump materials loose in your green cart.

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