Residential Food Scraps Collection

Food Scraps Collection Is Going Strong In Palo Alto

- Zak Zero, Zero Waste Guy

Palo Alto is composting more than ever before! That means more of our food scraps and soiled paper are making renewable energy and compost, not going to the landfill. 

 

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LIFE HACKS: Making Food Scraps Collection Easy
More Tips From Residents
Program Highlights
Food Waste Reduction - Keep edible food from going to waste



LIFE HACKS: Making Food Scraps Collection Easy

Zak Zero visited Palo Alto residents to find out how they make food scraps collection easy and convenient in their homes. Try any of these amazingly simple tips today and maximize your composting efforts!


"We use milk cartons and keep them in the refrigerator until pick-up day." - Adam and Abi

"We use a compostable bag to collect meat, dairy and old leftovers from the fridge the night before collection and take it directly to the cart. Placing the food scraps on top of leaves or plant trimmings keeps the green cart clean." - Liz P.

"We use everyday containers and keep them in one side of the sink so it's easy. A simple lid keeps down odors." - Diquan R.

"We bought our own stainless steel container with a filter and line it with compostable bags." - Elizabeth G.

"We use the green cart for things we can't compost at home or feed to our chickens, like meat, bones and soiled paper." - Sven T.
 
"My husband and I line the bucket with newspaper, then layer food scraps with used paper napkins to keep it neat." - Grace G.

 
"I keep food scraps in the fridge or freezer in a paper carton until collection day." - Kate W.
 
"We use one of our pull-out trash cans to collect food scraps, instead of the pail." - Caryn H.


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More Tips From Residents


Find out what goes where.

“I took a few moments to learn more about how to use the program. I visited www.cityofpaloalto.org/wgwtools to see what I could put in the green cart. After I did that, composting was easy. It's worth the effort." — Lisa A.




Keep the smelliest scraps in the fridge or freezer until collection day.

“We use biobags and keep them in the freezer until it's time to place them in the green cart." — David P.                   


Line the bucket you use to collect food scraps.

“We use a larger can, so I line it with newspaper on the bottom, a compostable plastic bag, and some more newspaper. Occasionally, I sprinkle in some baking soda. These steps help to absorb liquids or odors.”  — Vickie M.




Venus Flytraps like to eat fruit flies.

“I put a small Venus flytrap plant on my counter and haven't seen a single fruit fly since. And the kids love it.”  — Amie N.



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Program Highlights

1. Learn what can be composted in your green cart at www.cityofpaloalto.org/wgwtools

2. Meat, bones, dairy and soiled paper go in your green cart too!



Zak found that a majority of residents are already participating, but we can get even closer to zero waste by placing more of our meat, bones and soiled paper to the green compost cart.

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It's part of what we do in Palo Alto!

“I’m a Zero Waste Block Leader, and I’m proud to say my community has embraced the food scraps program.” — Linda C.


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Last Updated: Jun 22, 2017