Curbside Composting

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Cupertino Composts and So Should You

All residents of single family homes and participating multi-family complexes can put food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plants in their green or brown yard waste cart. These materials are collected by your garbage hauler, Recology, and turned into nutrient rich compost. 

Why Compost?

Composting your food scraps is an easy way to keep organic material out of the landfill and reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.  When food scraps are sent to the landfill, they emit methane, which is 25 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.  Compost made from the food scraps is a valuable resource for landscapers, farmers, community gardens, and home gardens. Using compost helps soil retain water and reduces water consumption.

When you put food scraps down the garbage disposal, it takes a lot of energy for wastewater treatment plants to clean the water – not to mention it can cost a lot of money to fix clogged up pipes and disposals. 

What Items Can Be Composted?

Search specific items at or Recology’s WhatBin Tool. Test your knowledge with this short waste sorting quizfood scraps container

Food Scraps

  • Bread, grains and pasta
  • Coffee grounds (and filters)
  • Dairy
  • Eggshells
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Fruit, including pits
  • Meat, including bones
  • Poultry
  • Vegetables

Yard Trimmings

  • Branches and brush
  • Flowers and floral trimmings
  • Grasses and weeds
  •  Leaves and tree trimmings

Soiled Paper Products

  • Coffee filters
  • Milk Cartons*
  • Paper cups (including disposable paper coffee cups) and plates
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Paper bags, napkins and towels
  • Paper take-out boxes and containers
  • Paper tea bags
  • Pizza Boxes
  • Waxed cardboard and paper

*If carton has a plastic spout it needs to be removed and placed in the recycling cart

How It Works

It’s easy to compost in Cupertino.Compost bins_brown_green carts

  1. Collect food scraps from your kitchen in a container.
  2. Empty the contents of the container into your yard waste cart.
  3. Set out your yard waste cart for weekly pick-up.

Composting Tips

These tips will make curbside composting easy.

  1. Store your food scraps in a container such as a pitcher, pail, bucket, bin, milk carton, or paper bag. If you haven’t yet received your free pitcher from Recology, call (408) 725-4020 to get yours!
  2. Layer your food scraps with your yard debris and paper towels and napkins to soak up liquids and reduce odor.
  3. Line your container with newspaper, paper bags, or BPI certified compostable bags.
  4. Empty your indoor container at least two times a week to minimize odor and pests.
  5. Refrigerate or freeze your food scraps until your collection day.
  6. Clean your indoor collection container with a mild soap and water once a week. Sprinkle in some baking soda to absorb odors.   

Need a Way to Store Your Food Scraps?

Contact Recology at (408) 725-4020 or contact us using the form below. 

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