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Food Scraps & Plant Debris Recycling

Food scraps, food soiled paper and plant debris are the largest unrecycled portion of the residential waste stream in Alameda County. Food scraps and plant debris are a resource, not waste. By participating in your curbside collection program, food scraps, food soiled paper and plant debris are sent to a composting facility where they become a valuable resource used by landscapers and farmers. 

All cities in Alameda County offer food scrap and plant debris recycling programs with the weekly collection of the green bin at the curb. A growing number of apartments and condominiums are also starting food scrap recycling programs.  See the links at right to learn more.

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Food scraps become nutrient-rich compost that's used to grow crops on farms, like Terra Bella Family Farm in Alameda County.


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