What Goes Inside the Green Cart?

Place all green waste and food scraps inside your green cart, which is serviced every week. The following items go into your green cart:

  • Plant and grass clippings
  • Weeds and roots
  • Leaves, twigs, and small branches – up to 4 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter
  • Uncoated wood, wood chips, bark, and sawdust
  • All food products, including meat and small bones
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
  • Food-soiled paper products such as pizza boxes, paper towels, paper plates, paper napkins
  • Waxed paper containers such as milk cartons and paper cups

 What does NOT go inside green cart

No plastic, glass, or metal should ever go in the green waste (organics cart – quality compost starts with yard trimmings and food scraps.

  • Rocks, dirt, concrete
  • Pressure-treated or painted wood
  • Plastic bags – not even the “compostable” ones, which clog up machinery and must be removed by hand
  • Palm leaves or cactus
  • Glass, metal, styrofoam, liquids

Reduce food waste, compost food scraps and food-soiled paper

Food scraps and food-soiled paper are the largest single item in our waste stream — making up approximately 35% of what we throw away in Alameda County.

Food is too essential to throw away. By making small shifts in how you shop, prepare and store food, you can toss less, eat well, simplify your life, save money and keep the valuable resources used to produce and distribute food from going to waste.

Wasted food is a growing problem with profound financial and environmental impacts. Wasted food refers to edible food that is not eaten for one reason or another. Inedible food scraps such as banana peels, apple cores and bones are not included—they should be composted.

Recyclables and Compostables: Think Before You Toss!

Duration: 15 seconds

Oro Loma Sanitary District says Think Before You Toss! Put recyclables – like bottles and cans – in the recycling bin and compostables – like food scraps and grass trimmings – in the green bin. Let’s all reduce what goes into the landfill.