Curbside Services: Compost Cart

Local jurisdictions have contracts with franchised hauling companies to provide service for collection of garbage, recycling, yard debris and food scraps, and motor oil/filters for residences and businesses.

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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.

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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.

The process of food scrap recycling

  • Collect food scraps when you cook. To keep your cart clean, use a brown paper bag, newspaper or kitchen pail to collect your fruit and food scraps.
  • Place food scraps in the curbside yard waste cart. Contents of yard debris container is collected every week.
  • Compost is made from food scraps and yard debris.
  • Farmers and gardeners use the compost. The compost product is great to use on gardens. For information about how your yard debris gets processed, see municipal composting program

Why compost food scraps?

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.

Accepted in yard debris cart

  • Fruit & peelings
  • Vegetables & peelings
  • Pasta, rice & bread
  • Meat, bones, & dairy *
  • Eggshells
  • Tea bags, coffee grounds & filters
  • Wood ashes (cold)
  • Uncoated paper plates, bowls, and napkins (no plastic or compostable plastic)
  • Landscape prunings
  • Grass clippings, leaves & weeds
  • Tree trunks & branches (maximum 4 inches in diameter by 2 feet long)
  • All food waste including meat, bones & fish, cheese, food leftovers (packaging removed)

* Customers of the Sonoma Garbage Collectors can not place meat, bones, dairy, or seafood in their curbside green carts.

Not accepted in yard debris cart

  • Animal/pet waste
  • Bamboo
  • BBQ ashes (wood fireplace ashes okay)
  • Cactus
  • Cooking oil and liquid waste
  • Dirt
  • Glass
  • Manure (from chickens, cows, horses, etc.)
  • Palm fronds
  • Pampas grass
  • Plastics including those labeled biodegradable or compostable
  • Poison oak
  • Rocks
  • Sod
  • Sudden Oak Death infested material
  • Tree stumps


Available to residential Recology Sonoma Marin and Sonoma County Resource Recovery Customers only

Okay to place one paper bag of shredded paper in compost cart each week.

Shredded paper

Rather compost at home?

Visit home composting to learn about composting classes, worm composting and bin purchase options.


Hauling company sorting guidelines

Sonoma Marin

(800) 243-0291

Sorting Guidelines

Sonoma County Resource Recovery

(707) 795-7470

Sorting Guidelines

Sonoma Garbage Collectors

(707) 996-7555

Sorting Guidelines