Residents of El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo and the unincorporated County areas can include food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard trimmings into their green carts for curbside collection. For more information on this program, see this brochure or take a look at this poster below.

Each residential waste account is eligible for a 65 gallon green organics cart. To request a green organics cart contact your waste hauler.

Residents of Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, Richmond and the unincorporated County contact Republic Services 510-262-7100.

Residents of El Cerrito contact East Bay Sanitary Company 510- 237-4321.

Free Food Scrap Collection Pail

Residents of Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito and the unincorporated County areas are eligible to receive a food scrap collection pail for their kitchen counter (one per household). Residents are encouraged to call ahead to check on availability and observe hours as listed below.  If you have questions or require additional assistance, please call RecycleMore at (510) 609-1215.

City of Hercules
City Hall
111 Civic Drive
Hercules, CA

Hours: Monday – Thursday
8 am – 5 pm
(510) 799-8200

City of Pinole
City Hall
2131 Pear Street
Pinole, CA

Hours: Monday – Thursday
8 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 4:30 pm
(510) 724-9000

City of Richmond
City Hall – City Manager’s Office – Suite 300
450 Civic Center Plaza
Richmond, CA

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
(510) 620-6512

City of San Pablo
City Hall
1000 Gateway Avenue
San Pablo, CA

Hours: Monday – Thursday
7:30 am – 6 pm
(510) 215-3064

City of El Cerrito
El Cerrito Recycling + Environmental Resource Center
7501 Schmidt Ln.
El Cerrito, CA

Hours: Tuesdays – Fridays: 8:30 AM to 4 PM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM
Sunday-Monday: Closed
(510) 215-4350


Visit our composting home page to learn other ways to compost certain food items and yard trimmings.

Check out the video below to see how food scraps are transformed into a nutrient rich soil enhancement called compost. Compost can be added back into the soil to help grow fruits, vegetables and other plants, which is a fine example of taking something that is commonly thrown away and making it into a renewable resource.

Food Scrap Program FAQs

What do I put in the green cart?
You can put food scraps and food-soiled paper into your green cart along with the other acceptable materials listed below.

YES, Acceptable materials:

  • Yard Trimmings, Grass, Leaves, Flowers, Pine Needles, Weeds,
  • Fruits and Vegetables, Food Scraps (meat, bones, bread, pasta, egg shells, coffee grounds, dairy)
  • Food Soiled Paper (paper plates, paper cups, napkins, paper bags)
  • Tree Limbs (up to 3 feet) and Unpainted and Untreated Wood
  • BPI Approved/ASTM D6400 Compostable Plastic Bags

Please NO:

  • Plastic Bags
  • Rigid Compostable Plastics
  • Lawn sod
  • Ash or burned material
  • Painted wood
  • Pet waste, manure
  • Dirt, rock, sand, concrete

Green Carts with unacceptable materials will not be emptied and may be collected by the garbage truck for an additional charge on your garbage bill.

When do I put the green cart out?
Your green cart should be set out on the same day as your garbage collection day:
Republic Services, 510 262-7100 – Every week collection
El Cerrito (East Bay Sanitary Service, 510 237-4321) – Every week collection

Where does the material go that I put in the cart?
Organic materials collected from the green carts will be delivered to Republic’s state of the art composting facility in North Richmond. The materials are placed into long rows called windrows, where the materials is aerated, watered and monitored to ensure optimal composting conditions. The material breaks down naturally into a nutrient rich soil amendment which is sold to farmers and landscapers. Republic offers free compost giveways to residents the first Wednesday of each month at 101 Pittsburg Ave. in Richmond.