Curbside Organics Collection

The green organics cart is for household compostable material and is collected one specific day per week on the same day the blue recycling cart is also collected. Find your collection day.

  • There are two sizes available – 96-gallon and 48-gallon. Call 3-1-1 and request the best size for your household.
  • The monthly collection fee is based on the size of your brown trash cart. There is no fee for collecting the green and blue carts.
  • On your collection day, set the green cart at the curb by 7:00 am.
  • The green cart cannot be in the lawn, on the sidewalk or in the driveway. (Alley collections are the only exception.)
  • The wheels should be touching the curb.
  • It should be at least three feet apart from the blue cart so the automated arm can grab the cart easily.
  • It should be unobstructed – not behind parked cars or blocked by other things. Also, it should not be under low hanging tree limbs.
  • Do not overfill or overstuff the cart. The material could get lodged in the cart and not empty. If it is too heavy, the cart could fall into the truck.
  • The lid must close completely. Do not put extra material on top or to the side of the carts. The arm cannot grab it.
  • If you feel your cart has been missed, wait until 5:00 pm to report it to 3-1-1.
  • Report damaged carts to 3-1-1.

Accepted Materials

  • Food Waste:
    • Peels & cores
    • Table scraps
    • Nuts & grains
    • Bread, cereal & pasta
  • Food-Soiled Paper:
    • Coffee filters
    • Paper cups & paper plates
    • Paper take-out boxes & cups (no plastic lids)
    • Pizza boxes
  • Yard Trimmings:
    • Small branches (smaller than 3 feet)
    • Plants & leaves
    • Yard clippings
  • Other Materials:
    • Shredded paper
    • Popsicle® sticks

Unacceptable Materials

No plastics of any kind

  • Diapers
  • Bottle caps (metal or plastic)
  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam®
  • Condiment packets
  • Plastic utensils
  • Pet food bags
  • Construction or demolition material
  • Metal & glass

Tags, Door Hangers & Flyers

We communicate directly with individual customers in a variety of ways. Here are the methods we use and what the messages mean.