Residential Green Waste

Residential Green Waste & Food Scraps Service


Did you know that residents of El Cerrito can now put food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard trimmings in their green waste carts for weekly curbside collection AND it’s the law?

Removing organic material from the landfill is a top priority for all of California. When organic material like food waste and green waste is landfilled, it breaks down and creates Methane – a greenhouse gas 80x more powerful than Carbon Dioxide. More methane means more global warming, droughts and wildfires.

Do your part to stop climate change by placing your food scraps, yard waste and food-soiled paper in your green cart!  Composting produces a soil amendment for farmers and helps reduce greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.

As of January 1, 2022, a new law (SB 1383) requires that all Californian’s properly sort their organic waste for composting from materials that go to the landfill. This service is included as part of your residential service package with East Bay Sanitary. The good news is, as long as you’re sorting all your organic waste into your green cart, you’re in compliance.

Green Waste & Food Scraps Cart

Put all your recyclables into your green cart. Do not overfill; make sure that the lid closes securely when placed at the curb for collection.

Please remember that any materials extending beyond the rim of any cart will be subject to an extra charge or your cart not being picked up.

Visit our Residential Services page to review the cart options and set out rules for residential customers.

Green Waste Toter

What Belongs in Green Waste/Food Scraps

Residents of El Cerrito can now put food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard trimmings in their green waste cart for weekly curbside collection.

These materials can be placed in the yard waste/food scraps cart.

Yard Waste

  • Grass clippings, yard trimmings, tree branches (up to 3 feet), weeds, leaves, flowers, pine needles
  • fruits and vegetables,
  • unpainted or untreated wood scraps.

Food Scraps

  • Fruits and vegetables,
  • food scraps (meat, bones, bread, pasta, egg shells, coffee grounds, and dairy).

Food-Soiled Paper

  • Paper plates, paper cups, napkins, paper bags.

Plain, uncoated shredded paper can also go in the green waste cart.

What Goes In the Green Cart

What Doesn’t Belong in Green Waste/Food Scraps

These materials are not allowed in the green waste/food scraps cart.

  • Plastic bags
  • Milk and juice cartons
  • Lawn sod
  • Ash or burned material
  • Painted or treated wood
  • Pet waste or manure
  • Dirt, rock, sand or concrete

El Cerrito Don’t Put in Green Waste

Free Kitchen Pails

Free pails are available for collecting your food scraps in the kitchen.

Call 510.215.4350 to request one.

El Cerrito Materials Guide English PDF

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Check out the Residential Recycling Guide for everything you ever wanted to know about recycling and garbage services in El Cerrito.

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California Recycling Laws

All residents and businesses in California must separate organic waste from garbage by law.

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