Compost Pail and Cart Care Tips

  • Reduce moisture and odors in your pail or cart by adding soiled or shredded paper or wrapping your food scraps in newspaper.
  • Keep your compost pail clean by using a 2 or 3 gallon compostable bag liner. Various local stores and online vendors sell compostable bags.
  • Need a compost pail for daily collection of kitchen scraps? Stop by the Payment Center at 598 Lincoln Ave for a free pail — or reuse any appropriate-sized container that you have at home.
  • Avoid odors, mold and insects by washing your compost pail regularly (it’s dishwasher safe but the label may not survive). It also helps to sprinkle baking soda or rub vinegar on the inside of your compost pail or cart lid.
  • Don’t have many yard trimmings, but still want to compost food scraps? Just contact Customer Service at (707) 255-5200 to order a smaller brown cart.

For detailed information on the program, including a list of accepted items, please visit our Curbside Composting page.