Composting your yard and food waste helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve soil quality, reduce the need for chemicals and fertilizers and save water.
Yard / food waste is collected every other week on recycling days. Food scraps and food-soiled paper go only in the Food/Yard cart provided by Waste Management. Food scraps are not accepted in any other containers.
Food Scraps Accepted in Yard Carts:
Collect kitchen food scraps in containers such as:
- Paper bags
- Approved compostable bags
- A reusable container lined with used paper towel or shredded paper. Empty into Food / Yard cart and reuse.
- Do not put plastic in your cart.
|Yard Trimmings Prohibited in Garbage|
Yard trimmings are prohibited from garbage containers. Yard trimmings create extra landfill expense, but can provide nutritious compost and mulch if composted.
Options for Disposing of Yard Trimmings:
Compost in your yard (most energy efficient choice!)
Put yard trimmings in a yard cart to be collected at the curb
- (Sign up for food / yard collection.)
Take yard trimmings to a transfer station that accepts "clean green".
There is a charge for additional units of yard trimmings (no food scraps) beyond the basic service.
For yard trimmings that don't fit in your yard cart you may use:
* Yard trimmings are not accepted in plastic bags.
Plastic bags are not compostable and cause processing and odor problems at the composting facility.