Food Scrap Recycling

Food Scrap Recycling

Residential Food Scrap Recycling

San Leandro offers food scrap recycling collection services to residents. The program allows residents to mix food and food soiled paper with yard trimmings for weekly collection. The program is easy, convenient and provided at no additional cost to your garbage and recycling collection rates.


Why recycle food scraps?

Food scraps and food soiled paper are the largest unrecycled portion of the residential waste stream, making up over 35 percent of what residents throw away.  By turning food scraps into compost, residents are able to help save landfill space and create compost.


How is this different from backyard composting?

Materials such as meat and bones, which should not be composted in backyard systems, can be collected and processed.  The food scrap recycling program is a convenient alternative for people who don't have time or space to compost and allows them to recycle almost everything.



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Free Kitchen Pail Liners Available

The City of San Leandro offers paper bags to use in your food scrap pail. The bags are sized perfectly for the pail and can be put directly into your green yard trimmings cart. Free while supplies last.

Available at:

  • Public Works Service Center
  • 14200 Chapman Road 
  • (510) 577-3440
  • Main Library
  • 300 Estudillo Ave
  • (510) 577-3970
  • Alameda County Industries (ACI)
  • 610 Aladdin Ave
  • (510) 357-7282

CAUTION: Do not put plastic bags into your green yard trimmings cart.

Compost Giveaway

San Leandro residents that recycle their food scraps may be eligible for free compost. Once a year during the spring, the City distributes 3,000 bags to food scrap recycling participants. Households can receive up to 2 bags during the two-day giveaway, while supplies last. There are no preorders or rainchecks. Residents must verify that they live in San Leandro to receive compost. Landlords may not pick up compost for their tenants.  

Compost is a rich soil amendment that adds nutrients to soil and aids in water retention and pest control. And, best of all, it's made from your food and yard trimmings!

Read the Compost Fact Sheet for product specifications.

Recycle Food Scraps

Commercial Food Scrap Recycling

Effective July 1, 2016, businesses that generate food waste, such as restaurants and grocery stores, must also sort ORGANICS from their trash. Organics are food scraps, compostable paper, and plant debris; which are compostable. The Mandatory Recycling Ordinance requires “discarded food” and “compostable paper” to be kept separate from garbage and placed in a container for organics collection. Organic materials that now must be kept separate from the garbage include:

• Food prep trimmings
• Spoiled or contaminated food
• Paper contaminated with food or oils (e.g. pizza boxes and bakery boxes)
• Paper that is soiled or wet
• Paper plates, towels and napkins

To participate in the program, simply collect the food and food-soiled paper from your kitchen area and transfer the contents into a green recycling cart for weekly collection. We will provide a 96-gallon organics cart and instructional signage. In addition, we will provide hands-on training to your employees before you start the program. And best of all, you receive up to 96-gallons of free weekly service and a reduced cost for additional service. 

For a limited time, StopWaste is offering free indoor bins to qualifying Alameda County businesses, institutions and multi-family (5+units) for the collection of food scraps, compostable paper and plant debris ("organics").  A variety of containers and lids are available - up to a value of $500 per approved site!  For more information, or to apply online, visit

Food Recycling Poster
Food Recycling Poster

Recycle food scraps and save money today!

Call Alameda County Industries (ACI) at (510) 357-7282 to start service.


Rendering Services

Per section 113733 of the California Uniform Retail Food Facility Law (CURFFL) all grease, oil, and animal byproducts must be disposed of through the use of a registered or licensed renderer.

For a list of rendering services go to the Recycle Purchasing Wizard At