Composting

Free Compost Giveaway


Republic Services — the City’s trash and recycling service provider —  is giving away FREE compost!  Close the loop on your organics recycling by using the finished compost made right here in Richmond.  Compost is a great fertilizer for your gardens and landscaping.

On the 1st Wednesday of each month, West County households can come to the West County Resource Recovery recycling center located at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, Richmond from 9am - 4pm and get up to 2 cubic yards of compost per month.  This is self-service only so please BYOB (Bring Your Own bag, bin or bucket) and shovel to load the material.  Valid identification is required.  Contact Republic Services at (510) 262-7100 for questions.


Curbside Compost Pick-Up


You can put food scraps and food-soiled paper into your green cart along with yard trimmings.

Green Compost Bin Tip: It’s best to put yard trimmings in the bin before adding food waste, and top off with more yard trimmings on top of the food waste.

Wrap food waste in newspaper, put it in a brown paper bag, or a used paper food container. You can also freeze material and add it to the bin a day before your scheduled pickup, or keep food waste in the fridge until the day before pickup to minimize smell and insect issues.

Always keep your cart fully closed to keep critters and insects away.

Plastic bags are not allowed in the green cart. Remove food from bags that are not paper-based before placing in the cart.

Pick up a free kitchen food scrap pail from City offices at 13831 San Pablo Ave. Building 3 during normal business hours while supplies last. Pails are provided to residents of the incorporated City only. Bring your PG&E bill as proof of residence address. The pail is easy to store under the sink and easy to clean. Empty the pail into the green compost cart the evening before pickup to help keep odors and insects away.
Green Bin Content

Quick Guides


  • PLEASE NOTE: The phone number listed at the end of this video has changed. The new number is (510) 215-3064.