Compost Information for Single Family Residents

Compost Cart Don't send your food scraps and landscape material to the landfill; compost them instead! Other than being the environmentally friendly thing to do, most residents who participate in the compost collection program see a significant decrease in their garbage. So put your food scraps and food and beverage containers in the Compost cart instead of the Garbage cart, and help us all achieve Waste Zero!

We accept all food scraps, soiled paper and yard trimmings in the green cart.

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Certified Compostable Bags

Now accepting certified compostable bags in the CartSMART compost collection program!
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You CAN Compost:


Food Scraps
  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruit, including pits
  • Meat, including bones
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables

Soiled Paper Products
  • Coffee filters
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Paper cups (including chain store coffee cups) and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Paper bags, napkins and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Paper tea bags
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Wine corks

Yard Trimmings
  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  • Leaves
  • Tree trimmings

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You can also visit RecycleWorks of San Mateo County for general recycling and waste reduction information.


Recology San Mateo County provides recycling, compost and garbage collection services to the 12 Member Agencies in the RethinkWaste service area.
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