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Recycling Food Scraps and Plant Debris

If your business is already recycling paper or bottles and cans, adding food scraps collection is a natural next step that can save money and have a big environmental impact.

When food scraps are sent to the landfill, they decompose anaerobically and produce methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases responsible for climate change. On the other hand, composting this material significantly reduces the amount of methane produced.

Restaurants in particular can benefit from compost collection, since food scraps make up about 60% of a sit-down restaurant’s waste stream. And food scrap collection services are often less expensive than garbage.

NOTE: Because of the Alameda County Landfill Ban it is now illegal to landfill plant debris such as leaves, grass or tree trimmings! These materials must be separated and recycled.
Looking for a food scraps recycling vendor? Look up what services are available in your area.
For a limited time, we are offering free indoor food scrap bins, a value up to $500 per approved business. A variety of containers and lids are available from our partner vendors. Apply today!
Find out more about recycling food scraps and plant debris with our popular "Compost at Work" guide and a vendor list for Compostable Food Service and Kitchen Products.
Learn about our clients' real-world experiences with food scraps and plant debris recycling, such as Peerless Coffee, The Bread Workshop, Chabot Community College and Oakland Coliseum Complex. 
Now in effect, Alameda County law requires that all plant debris, such as leaves, grass or tree trimmings, be separated and recycled. Find out how to avoid potential fines.
Hire a Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscaper to maintain your landscape. These professionals have been trained to reduce waste, conserve resources, and prevent pollution.