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Foodscrap Composting for Residential Dashboard
As of July 1, 2010 residents of El Cerrito, Richmond and San Pablo can put food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard trimmings into their green waste carts for curbside collection. For more information on this program see the brochure or take a look at this poster.
Residents of these cities are also eligible to receive a free food scrap collection pail for their kitchen counter. Contact your respective City Hall for more information on how to obtain one.
Visit our composting home page to learn other ways to compost certain food items and yard trimmings.
Check out the video below to see how food scraps are transformed into a nutrient rich soil enhancement called compost. Compost can be added back into the soil to help grow fruits, vegetables and other plants, which is a fine example of taking something that is commonly thrown away and making it into a renewable resource.
Food Scrap Program FAQs
What do I put in the green cart?
If you live in El Cerrito, Richmond, or San Pablo, you can put food scraps and food-soiled paper into your green cart along with the other acceptable materials listed below.
Yard Trimmings, Grass, Leaves, Flowers, Pine Needles, Weeds,
Fruits and Vegetables, Food Scraps (meat, bones, bread, pasta, egg shells, coffee grounds, dairy)
Food Soiled Paper (paper plates, paper cups, napkins, paper bags, milk and juice cartons)
Tree Limbs (up to 3 feet) and Unpainted and Untreated Wood
Look at what can go into your green cart.
Ash or burned material
Pet waste, manure
Dirt, rock, sand, concrete
Your green, yard waste cart should be set out on the same day as your garbage collection day, every other week. Call East Bay Sanitary Service (510) 237-4321 if you are not sure of your collection day or need a calendar.
Organic materials collected from the green waste carts will be delivered to a local composting facility. The materials are placed into long rows called windrows, where the materials is aerated, watered and monitored to ensure optimal composting conditions. The material breaks down naturally into a rich, nutrient rich soil amendmeent. They will be taken to a compost facility instead of the landfill, as part of the City of El Cerrito's strategy to fight climate change and reduce waste.