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Yard Waste and Food Scraps


The following items are some examples of what should be placed in your GREY yard waste and food scraps cart.


  • Grass clippings and leaves
  • Houseplants (no pots)
  • Tree branches (under 4' long, 4" in diameter)
  • Weeds
  • Twigs, branches, and roots from pruning  


  • Fruit and vegetable scraps and leftovers
  • Bread, pasta, and grains
  • Eggshells and nutshells
  • Coffee filters and grounds
  • Tea bags and tea leaves
  • Meat, fish, poultry, and beans
  • Greasy pizza delivery boxes
  • Food soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Shredded paper (layered) (no plastic)
  • Paper grocery bags containing food scraps
  • Paper egg cartons
  • Paper berry cartons
  • Uncoated paper plates and cups*
  • Uncoated paper food wrap*
  • Uncoated paper food bags*

Tip: *Uncoated paper does not have a shiny surface.

Where does it go? Collected food scraps and yard trimmings are processed into compost and sold at home and garden stores.

For more information about composting, please visit Cedar Grove Composting

Recycle food. It's easy to do.

1.    Find a collection method that works for you.

2.    Empty contents of your container into the yard waste container frequently.

3.    Layer food scraps with yard waste, newspaper or shredded paper to absorb liquids.

Not sure? Visit  

Email the Solid Waste Coordinator