How do I keep smells and animals away from my cart?
  • Leave liquids and raw meat out of green organics carts.

  • When possible, layer your food scraps with yard trimmings and keep a bucket of dry leaves, pine needles, straw, or wood shavings nearby to cover your food scraps.  

  • Rinse your green cart with water when necessary and pour it onto your lawn — never onto the street or down a storm drain (they go directly to our sloughs!).

  • Sprinkle smelly containers with baking soda to neutralize odors.

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1. Why are we collecting food scraps now?
2. Do we have to pay for the new organic/food scrap service?
3. How will we be receiving our green carts and when will we start putting our food and yard waste in the green bin?
4. I have a green yard waste bin — can I start putting food scraps in it now?
5. How often will my green organics cart be picked up?
6. What types of food scraps are accepted in my green organics bin?
7. What can't I put in my green organics bin?
8. What happens to my food scraps and yard waste after they are collected?
9. Can I bag my organics before putting them in the bin?
10. Do I need to wash my outdoor cart?
11. How should I collect food scraps in my kitchen?
12. How do I keep smells and animals away from my cart?
13. What if my green organics cart breaks or does not close?
14. Whom can I contact if I have additional questions?