Year-Round, Self-Service Composting
The Waste Diversion Center accepts yard waste, household food waste and other compostable materials year-round during regular business hours. Visit the Waste Diversion Center webpage to find hours and location.
Curbside Composting Service
- Cost: $6.60/month for a 96-gallon cart collected every other week
- Sign up online through ServiceWorks! anytime or call Waste Services, Monday - Friday.
- Look over the Composting Guide to see what you can compost through the curbside program or ask our Waste Wizard about specific items
- Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions
- View our educational brochure: English version | Spanish version
- Read about the role of composting in waste diversion efforts
Composting collection occurs on an every other week rotation by address. View our Collection Schedule webpage to determine pick-up day/week for your composting, and see our list of holidays. Please have your green-lidded composting cart at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled collection day.
Curbside Composting - How To's
- Each customer subscribed to curbside composting service is provided with a specific container, which is black with a green lid.
- Place all your compostable items, commingled, into your composting cart. You do not need to sort your compostables in any way.
- Please, do not put your compostables in any plastic bags when you put them in the container. See details below on clean composting.
- Take care not to over fill your compost cart and be sure to keep the lid closed.
- Wash cart periodically. You are responsible for keeping your cart in a clean, sanitary condition at all times.
- View our Waste Services Guidelines for more information on where & how to put your cart out for collection.
Clean Composting: How to handle food waste
- The simplest solution for many households is to put food waste in either a certified compostable bag (made from plant material) or a paper bag before placing it in the compost cart. Certified compostable or paper bags are available at local businesses and online.
- Other, no-cost options include:
- keep food waste in your freezer until the day of your curbside pickup.
- place yard waste, newspaper or soiled paper and cardboard over your food waste.
- grass trimmings
- branches (no larger than 6" in diameter)
- flowers & plants
- Leftover table scraps
- Fruit and vegetable scraps
- Breads and sandwiches
- Dairy products and eggs
- Meat, fish and bones
Food Service Items
- Compostable dishware, utensils, cups and containers (marked as "certified compostable")
- Paper napkins & towels
- Coffee grounds and filters, teabags
(paper products that are not accepted in your curbside recycle container)
- Neon, fluorescent, goldenrod or dark-colored paper
- Shredded paper
- Facial tissue (used okay)
- Pizza boxes and food soiled cardboard
- Waxed cardboard
Items NOT Accepted
Plastic or Styrofoam
- Plastic or Styrofoam dishware, utensils and cups or to-go containers
- Plastic-coated paper plates and cups
- To-go coffee cups and lids from typical coffee vendors
- Plastic food wrap, bags or packaging
- Frozen food boxes (ice cream and frozen meals) and microwave meal trays
- Fast-food hot or cold beverage cups
- Food-contaminated aluminum foil (this is recyclable in your curbside container)
- Paper milk and juice cartons (these are recyclable in your curbside container)
- Download and print our complete Composting Guide for easy reference.
- Compostable cups and utensils are typically marked with a green band around the cup accompanied with the word “compostable." If not, it most likely is a plastic-coated product and should be tossed in the trash.
- Please pour leftover liquids down the drain before placing a compostable cup in the cart.
- Think before you throw. When in doubt – find out! Our Waste Wizard has the answers for what do with many items.
- If something is not compostable, it may be recyclable.