All food scraps are accepted in areas served by Recology Sonoma Marin and Sonoma County Resource Recovery. All food scraps except meat, cheese, and bones are accepted in areas served by Sonoma Garbage Collectors.
Plates, bowls, cups, utensils, bags, or other food service ware labeled biodegradable or compostable cannot be composted in the backyard or placed in curbside carts. Backyard compost piles don’t have high enough temperatures to break them down. Industrial composting facilities cannot easily distinguish these products from conventional plastic products, so they are screened out and sent to the landfill. Please choose reusable items whenever possible and place compostable plastic products in the garbage bin.
Organics, or organic material, include food scraps, leaves, and yard prunings. These make up the single largest unrecycled portion of the residential waste stream. In fact, according to the 2014 Sonoma County Waste Characterization Study, about 31% of residential garbage is organics, including 17.3% food waste — a resource that could be used instead of landfilled.
* Customers of the Sonoma Garbage Collectors can not place meat, bones, dairy, or seafood in their curbside green carts.
Okay to place one paper bag of shredded paper in compost cart each week.