Composting your yard and food waste reduces greenhouse gas emissions, improves soil quality, reduces the need for chemicals and fertilizers and saves water.
In select areas, Waste Management offers yard waste and compost collection to residents. Some of our programs even allow you to combine food waste with your yard waste. Other programs are limited to yard waste. For more information about composting and to see if compost collection is available in your area, select your city or county.
||Collecting Food Scraps in the Kitchen |
- Collect food scraps from the kitchen in an empty yogurt container, Tupperware, bucket or any container with a tight fitting lid. Some cities provide food scrap collection pails to residents. Empty contents directly into the food / yard waste cart and reuse the food collection container.
- Store your kitchen container under the sink or on the counter. Ensure that the container is at least as easy to access as your garbage container.
- To help keep your kitchen container and roll cart clean, consider lining your container with newspaper or a paper bag. You may include newspaper and paper bags in your compost.
By setting up a backyard compost pile, you can turn your food and yard waste into a nutrient rich soil amendment to help grow a healthy garden.
For information and tips about how to set up a backyard compost pile check out these resources: