FOOD SCRAPS AND YARD DEBRIS GUIDELINES
What Can I Put in my Green Cart?
Food scraps are any leftover food-based material. Examples: all meat, bones, dairy, bread, vegetables, fruits, eggs and shells, coffee grounds, cheese, pasta, ANY FOOD. Food must be removed from packaging.
Yard debris is any plant trimmings, grass clippings, flowers, twigs and branches.
Download the Food Scraps and Yard Debris Guidelines list available in:
Items That Do Not Belong In Your Organics Cart
The following items should NOT be placed in your food scraps cart.
- Recyclables including items listed on the Recycling Guidelines
- Trash including items listed on the Refuse Guidelines
- Compostable plastic
- Compostable paper and fiber
- Hazardous Waste (HHW) and electronic waste (e-waste)
- Bulky or oversized items and tires
What Goes Where? How to Sort Materials at Your Business
Food scraps will be taken to LA Sanitation to an anaerobic digester where it is fermented. The methane it creates is captured and used to create fuel and energy.
- NO, FOG needs to be picked up by a specialty service that processes this material. Please continue to utilize the service previously used by your business before the pilot.
NO, only food scraps can be placed in the container. All foodware, even those labeled "compostable" or "biodegradable" should be placed in your trash container.
NO, only food scraps can be placed in the container.
Typically no more than your trash already does as this is the same material previously in your trash. Tips to reduce pests or odors: Keep collection containers clean and keep cart lids shut.
- Each participant will be given one green 95-gallon cart. If additional carts are needed, please contact the City and we will come to your business to assess the need for additional carts.