Residents receive weekly FoodCycle service separating you garbage and food scraps, helping to reach state mandated recycling levels.

Food Scrap Collection: choose your cart size

Tell us what size FoodCycle cart you need and we’ll provide a small, medium, or large split cart. Set it out on the curb by 7:00 am on your garbage pick-up day. Make sure the cart’s arrow is pointing toward the street.

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Program Details

Each single-family household receives a split cart for food scraps and garbage collection, a countertop food scraps pail to make separation more convenient, and outreach materials to explain the program. Households will also receive a roll of compostable plastic bags to line the countertop pail with. You can reuse produce, bread or other plastic bags as long as they are clear or even wrap the food scraps in newspaper and place them into the cart.

Pail Insert (ready to print) | PDF

FoodCycle Brochure (ready to print) | PDF

What can be FoodCycled?

  • Fruits and vegetables trimmings including peels, pits and cores
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and shells
  • Meat, bones, shellfish and shells
  • Tea bags, coffee filters and coffee grounds
  • Uneaten food scraps and leftovers
  • Spoiled food
  • Frozen and freezer-burned food (without the packaging)

Unacceptable Items Include:

Items you should place in the garbage side of the cart (black side) include:

  • Paper products include plates, cups and containers
  • Compostable paper ware
  • To-go containers
  • Pizza boxes
  • Paper towels
  • Tissues
  • Sanitary wipes

What if the garbage doesn’t all fit in my cart?

You can buy an extra garbage tag for $6 and attach it to a 35 gallon plastic bag.

Where do I buy extra garbage tags?

At local supermarkets and the City Utilities Dept.

Need to switch to a different cart size?

During the eight-week cart rollout period, Sept. 11 through Nov. 3, you will not be able to request a different cart size. Once the rollout of the new carts is completed, you will be able to switch to a different cart size by contacting Utilities Customer Service at 408-730-7400.

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