- Bread, grains and pasta
- Coffee grounds
- Fruit (pits and nuts too)
- Leftovers and spoiled food
- Meat (including bones)
- Seafood (including shellfish)
- Coffee filters
- Tea bags
- Paper bags, napkins, tissues and towels
- Branches and brush (less than 4" diameter and 2’ long)
- Flowers and floral trimmings
- Grasses, weeds and leaves
- Aluminum foil or trays
- Bio-bags and other plastics labeled as "compostable or biodegradable"
- Ceramic dishware or glassware
- Clothing and linens
- Cooking oil
- 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
- Waxed paper, milk cartons or take-out boxes
No. Commercial compost
systems process food and veggie waste in 70-90 days. Bio-bags, and
other bio-plastics, take at least 180 days to break down. Because of
this, they are not allowed in the green cart.
You can choose to dump
materials loose into your green cart, but if you wish to keep your
cart clean, try containing your food scraps in a paper bag or wrapped
in newspaper. Adding a layer of leaves or yard waste in your green
cart prior to dumping food scraps can also help keep your cart tidy.
If you are concerned
about odors, consider keeping your scraps in the freezer and dumping
food waste in your bin the night before your collection night.
Using the green cart
for food scrap disposal should not attract further vermin. The same
food would have also sat in your trash for the same amount of time,
which poses the same risk for bugs and vermin.
This material is being
composted by Redwood Landfill, at 8950 Redwood Highway in Novato.
It is very difficult to
compost meat and dairy in a home composting system, and is not
recommended. However, a commercial system receives many loads of
materials a day, and there is sufficient material to generate a high
heat temperature, and maintain that temperature, which can break down
Yes. For more
information, contact 415-892-2851.
If you have questions
about the composting process, contact Redwood Landfill at