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Curbside Organics Collection
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Green Waste
El Cerrito residents may put food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yardwaste in the green cart. The green waste is taken to a composting facility instead of a landfill, as part of the City of El Cerrito's strategy to fight climate change and reduce waste.  The City of El Cerrito's franchised waste hauler, East Bay Sanitary Company, provides weekly organics or "greenwaste" collection for all homes, apartments, and businesses in El Cerrito. 

Residents may use the green bin for organic materials, including vegetables, fruits, meat & bones, breads, cheese, eggshells, paper products (cups, plates, napkins), tea bags, milk cartons, cut flowers, coffee grounds & filters, leaves, small branches, plant trimmings, grass clipping, and wax paper.

Materials Accepted
Click here to view the English / Spanish food scraps brochure.
Click here to view the English / Chinese food scraps brochure.

Questions about recycling, green waste, or garbage?
Check out our brochure: Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling and garbage services in El Cerrito.
Residential: English | Español | Chinese
Commercial and Multifamily: English | Español 

Contact East Bay Sanitary directly at 510-237-4321 or to start, stop, change, or ask questions about your curbside programs. Elderly or disabled residents who can't move carts on their own may subscribe to a free back-yard service.  Call East Bay Sanitary to set up this service (please be prepared to provide proof of senior status or disability).