Apts/Condos: Organics (Green) Cart or Bin

You can put both food scraps and yard trimmings in your green cart or bin. 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 in your food scraps container, 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; please check with your property manager first and then call Republic Services at (925) 485-6711.

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

Put in Your Green Cart or Bin

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 or Bin

  • 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