Green Organics Cart for Residential

Green Organics CartYou can put both food scraps and yard trimmings in your green cart. If it was once alive, it can go in the cart. That includes food-soiled paper (paper was once a tree, and the food will contaminate paper recycling if you put it in the blue cart). If you choose to use a bag, it must be compostable, not plastic or biodegradable (look for the "BPI compost certification" on the packaging).

Republic Services will provide you with a small food scraps container for your kitchen; call us at (925) 685-4711 to request a container.

The standard residential cart size is 64 gallons, but if you routinely have more than can fit in your cart, we’d be happy to give you a larger 96-gallon container at no charge, or a second 64-gallon cart for an additional fee. For details, please call us at (925) 685-4711.

Visit the Residential Food Scraps Program page at RecycleSmart for more info about this program.

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Put in Your Green Cart

Landscape Trimmings

  • Brush
  • Flower cuttings
  • Flowers
  • Garden trimmings
  • Hay
  • House plants
  • Lawn clippings
  • Leaves
  • Prunings
  • Shrubbery
  • Straw
  • Tree twigs (4 feet or less in length and 6 inches in diameter)
  • Weeds
  • Wood chips

Food Scraps

  • Compostable plastic bags only
  • Raw or cooked food scraps
  • Veggies
  • Meats, seafood
  • Dairy products
  • Breads, grains, pastas
  • Fruits
  • Bones, shells

Food-Soiled Paper

  • Pizza boxes
  • Paper cups
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Paper towels


Food Scrap Pail



Do Not Put in Green Cart

  • Ashes
  • Cactus, succulents (too fibrous)
  • Large tree trunks and stumps
  • Pet waste or manure
  • Plastic bags, regular or biodegradable (but compostable plastic bags ARE acceptable)
  • Plastic, glass or metal
  • Poison oak, poison ivy
  • Rocks, concrete, sod or dirt
  • Treated or painted wood

Recyclables and Organics On-call Cleanup

Planning to trim back your trees? Want to clean out all the outdated paperwork in your home office? Just moved in and have loads of cardboard boxes and/or newspapers to recycle? If you don't have room in your recycling or organics carts for all that material, you can schedule an on-call service.

All single-family households in our service area are entitled to four (4) on-call recyclable/organics cleanups every year, at no additional charge. Call  us at (925) 685-4711 to schedule an appointment (please call at least two weeks in advance).

  • The total amount of material accepted is two cubic yards (the equivalent of fourteen 32-gallon bags).
  • Cardboard should be broken down and put in bundles no larger than 18" x 18". Paper and other recyclables should be put in brown paper bags, boxes or bundles using rope or twine.
  • Branches should be no larger than 2" in diameter and bundled no larger than two feet wide and four feet long.
  • Loose yard clippings such as leaves and grass should be placed in plastic bags, buckets, boxes, or personal trash cans, no more than 32 gallons per bag, box or container.
  • No garbage, ashes, dirt, rocks, glass, metal, fruit or vegetables, nor fibrous plants such as cactus, ice plant, ivy, palm, or poison oak or ivy can be accepted.