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Compost Guidelines

Yard and Food Waste Collection

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.

Acceptable Yard and Food Waste:

  • Food Scraps: Meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, breads, eggshells and nutshells, coffee grounds, and tea bags.

  • Food-soiled Paper: Pizza boxes, paper towels & napkins, paper egg cartons, paper grocery bags with food scraps, and coffee filters.

  • Yard Debris: Grass, leaves, weeds, pine needles, plant trimmings, small amounts of sod, and branches less than 3 inches in diameter and less than 4 feet in length.
Collection Schedule:

Yard and Food Waste are collected every other week from subscribers.

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".

Extra Yard Trimmings

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:

  • Paper yard bags (available at home and garden stores), or
  • 32-gal. cans with handles & lids (65 lb. limit) labeled "Yard" or
  • Bundles tied with sisal twine (4'x2' limit)

    * Yard trimmings are not accepted in plastic bags.

    Plastic bags are not compostable and cause processing and odor problems at the composting facility.

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