Residents of El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, San Pablo and the unincorporated West Contra Costa 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 your Curbside Organics Collection, view the poster below or download by clicking here


Each residential waste account is eligible for a 65 gallon green organics cart. To request a green organics cart contact your waste collection service company:

  • 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


Residents of Hercules, Pinole, San Pablo, Richmond, El Cerrito and the unincorporated West Contra Costa County areas are eligible to receive a free food scrap collection pail for their kitchen counter.

Click this link to find out more about the program and how to obtain a pail:

Link to Food Scrap Collection Pail Program


Organic materials collected from the green carts will be delivered to Republic Services state of the art composting facility in North Richmond. The materials are placed into long rows called windrows, where the material 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.

See below to find out more about Composting information. 


Composting Information

Food scraps can be 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.

Click here to visit the composting page to learn other ways to compost certain food items and yard trimmings.


Free Compost Giveaway (Republic Services)

Republic offers free compost giveways to residents, the first Wednesday of each month, at 101 Pittsburg Ave. in Richmond. For more information on this service, click here.