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Yard Debris and Food Waste Collection

Food Scraps

Residents in the City of Forest Grove with yard debris collection service can add food scraps to the existing yard debris cart. We will pick up the combined food and yard debris each week and transport it to a local compost facility where it will be processed into an organic fertilizer for yards and gardens.

All food scraps, including meat, dairy, bones, vegetables and grains can be included with the yard debris.

Compostable or biodegradeable takeout containers, paper cups, plates or cartons are not allowed in the food and yard debris carts.

Your yard debris is collected weekly on the same day as your trash collection.

On yard debris day, you can set out one 64-gallon WM provided roll cart (no plastic bags, please) of yard trimmings for no extra charge. Any additional 32-gallon cans, paper Kraft bags or bundles (Prunings are limited to 4" in diameter and 36" in length) will be collected for an extra charge.

For the safety of our drivers, please have all limbs cut or trimmed so that they do not stick out above the rim of the container.

Item Weight Limit
Yard Waste Bag Weight Limit 45 lbs.
Yard Waste Bundle Weight Limit 45 lbs.
32 Gallon Can Weight Limit 60 lbs.
64 Gallon Roll Cart Weight Limit 100 lbs.

On Pickup Day

  • Place materials at the curb (not in the street) by 6 am on your pickup day.

  • Do not use plastic bags, recycling carts or bins or plastic liners for yard waste.

  • Place your yard waste loosely in the cart so that it falls freely when emptied.

  • When using Kraft paper yard waste bags for extra yard debris, try to avoid putting wet debris at the bottom of bag. Keep bags in dry location until pickup day to prevent bottom from falling out.

  • Tie bundles with string or twine. Bundles must be no larger than one foot by three feet.

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DO include in your yard + food waste collection:

  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Grass clippings
  • Branches*
  • Prunings*
  • Items from your garden

    * No greater than 4" in diameter and 36" long
    • All food scraps including cooked or raw foods, meat, bones, shells, pits, spoiled foods, and coffee grounds.
    • Paper coffee filters and tea bags
    • Food-soiled paper napkins and paper towels
    • Only Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified compostable bags.

    DO NOT include in your yard + food waste collection:

    • Dirt
    • Stumps
    • Metal
    • Sod
    • Bags
    • Lumber
  • Ashes
  • Household garbage
  • Rocks
  • Plastic
  • Animal waste
    • "Compostable" containers or packaging, or other items labeled "biodegradable" or "made from plants"
    • Wax paper, parchment paper or facial tissue.
    • Liquids, grease or cooking oil

    WM Green Yard Waste Cart

    Click here to download - Collection Guidelines

    Food Scraps

    Click here to download the brochure

    Click here to download the brochure in Spanish

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