West Marin

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?

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Included in the fee for garbage service is a weekly curbside recycling and yard waste programs.

P.O. Box 14609
Santa Rosa 95402

Redwood Empire Disposal offers weekly garbage service to customers. Included in the fee for garbage service is a weekly curbside recycling program and a yard waste service every other week.

Residents may choose from 20, 32, 68, or 95-gallon rolling garbage carts. The cost of your service is based on the size of your garbage cart. The smaller your garbage cart, the less cost. The blue cart is for recycling and the green cart is for yard waste.

Garbage collection begins early in the morning, so it is important that your cart be at the curb the night before to assure your collection is not missed. Click here for more information on cart placement. You will receive an additional charge if you have extra garbage or if the lid will not close on your cart. Included in the fee for garbage service is a weekly curbside recycling and yard waste programs.

Acceptable Green Cart Items:

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

Food Scraps:

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fruit (pits and nuts too)
  • Leftovers and spoiled food
  • Meat (including bones)
  • Seafood (including shellfish)
  • 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