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Food Waste Collection Program FAQs

Q. What food waste materials are accepted/prohibited?


  • All cooked and uncooked food, including meat, fish, fruits and vegetables
  • Peels, rinds and pits
  • Bread, pasta, grains and rice
  • Uncoated food soiled napkins, food soiled paper towels, food soiled brown paper bags
  • Greasy pizza boxes


  • Utensils (including 'bioplastics')
  • Glass, plastic, metal and Styrofoam
  • Liquids, oils and grease
  • Animal waste
  • Paper napkins or paper towels with cleaning chemicals or bathroom waste

Questions about what bin to put it in? Check out our Recycling Guide! Or you can give us a call and ask. 

Q. Will my food scraps bin smell?

A. Even if you do not collect your food scraps separately, they will still end up in your trashcan. Just take out your food scraps bin as often as you take out your kitchen trash.

Q. What about my curbside green waste bin?

A. Since we do not allow bags in your green waste bin, there are many ways to make sure it stays clean:

  • Layer yard clippings on bottom of bin
  • Sprinkle baking soda in bin
  • Place bin in shade
  • Even if it is not full, make sure to take bin out to be collected every week
  • Contact your hauler for periodic bin cleaning
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