Composting program resumes April 1

March 15, 2024

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. It is one of the most powerful actions we can take to reduce our trash, reduce our carbon footprint, and build healthy soil.

By turning our food scraps and yard trim into compost, we can transform our waste streams into a beneficial, value-added soil amendment and use it to protect the environment and create resilient communities.

So instead of throwing away your food scraps, consider composting them. All sorts of food scraps can be turned into compost, including: fruits, vegetables, breads/grains, pasta, cereal, dairy (such as cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt and butter; no liquids), eggshells and coffee grounds/tea leaves.

The easiest way to get started with composting is to enroll in Groot’s seasonal subscription service for landscape waste and composting. You’ll receive a 95-gallon cart that you can throw all your landscape and compost into for collection on your regular garbage collection day. Groot will then compost the material at one of its partner facilities. To enroll in the seasonal subscription program, visit or call Groot at 800-244-1977. You can also look into other composting companies for private, year-round collection.

Do not compost things like teabags/coffee filters, meat, poultry, seafood, shells/bones, paper products (paper towels, plates, napkins, egg cartons, pizza boxes), glass, plastic, Styrofoam, diapers, pet litter, liquids, grease or oil.

Learn more: Village landscape waste and food composting​