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Food Scraps & Plant Debris Composting

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, home gardeners and farmers. 

All cities in Alameda County offer food scrap and plant debris composting programs with the weekly collection of the green bin at the curb. A growing number of apartments and condominiums are also starting food scrap composting 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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