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Houses: Organics (Green) Cart

You can put both food scraps and yard trimmings in your green cart. If it was once alive, it can go in the cart. That includes food-soiled paper (paper was once a tree, and the food will contaminate paper recycling if you put it in the blue cart). If you choose to use a bag, it must be compostable, not plastic or biodegradable (look for “compostable: BPI meets ASTM 6400 Standard” on the packaging).

Republic Services will provide you with a small food scraps container for your kitchen; call them at (925) 685-4711 to request a container.

The standard residential cart size is 64 gallons, but if you routinely have more than can fit in your cart, we’d be happy to give you a larger 96-gallon container at no charge, or a second 64-gallon cart for an additional fee. For details, please call Republic Services at (925) 685-4711.

Visit our Residential Food Scraps Program page for more how the program works.

Put in Your Green Cart

Yard Trimmings

  • Brush
  • Flower cuttings
  • Flowers
  • Garden trimmings
  • Hay
  • House plants
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Shrubbery
  • Straw
  • Tree twigs (4 feet or less in length and 6 inches in diameter)
  • Weeds
  • Wood chips

Food Scraps

  • Compostable plastic bags only
  • Raw or cooked food scraps
  • Veggies
  • Meats, seafood
  • Dairy products
  • Breads, grains, pastas
  • Fruits
  • Bones, shells

Food-Soiled Paper

  • Pizza boxes
  • Paper cups
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels 

Do Not Put in Green Cart

  • Ashes
  • Cactus, succulents (too fibrous)
  • Large tree trunks and stumps
  • Pet waste or manure
  • Plastic bags, regular or biodegradable
  • Plastic, glass or metal
  • Poison oak, poison ivy
  • Rocks, concrete, sod or dirt
  • Treated or painted wood