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Beaverton Composts!

Someone placing food scraps into a large, green compost cart with yard wasteBeaverton residents with yard debris collection service can add food scraps to their yard debris roll cart - now called a composting roll cart. Composting food scraps with yard debris creates nutrient-rich fertilizer and reduces our impact on the environment.

Please refer to the following lists of acceptable food and yard debris.

Compost Instructions 

  • Yard debris and food scraps can be put into your composting roll cart together. 
  • Materials are picked up on your normal weekly service day. 
  • Be careful not to pack it tightly - contents must fall freely from your roll cart. 

Three easy steps 

  1. Place your kitchen compost pail in a convenient location in your kitchen. 
  2. Include the food! Toss all food scraps and plate scrapings into your kitchen pail. 
  3. Empty your kitchen pail into your food and yard debris (composting) roll cart. Place your roll cart at the curb for normal pick up.

How to compost steps 1, 2, 3


Yes! Put These Items Into Your Composting Cart

Include the food with your yard debris (leaves, flowers, grass clippings, weeds and plant trimmings)

All Food:
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Bones
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Cheese and dairy products
  • Bread and baked goods
  • Pasta
  • Rice and other grains
  • Beans, nuts and seeds
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit (including peels and cores)
  • Table scraps and plate scrapings
  • Spoiled food
Food-soiled paper:
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Paper napkins and towels
  • Pizza delivery boxes
Residential Compost - Yes List

No! Leave These Items out of Your Composting Cart

  • Plastic bags
  • Non-approved compostable bags
  • Compostable containers and utensils
  • Paper or plastic plates, cups and cartons
  • Fast food wrappers (waxed paper)
  • Takeout containers
  • Large amounts of grease or oil
  • Pet waste and cat litter
  • Diapers

Universal Do Not Enter symbol.

Yard Debris

The general rule is if it grew in your yard it's probably okay to put into your yard debris/composting cart. Please see the table below for a list of yes/no materials.

Remember, never place plastic bags into your yard debris carts. Plastics do not decompose and will contaminate the compost.

Yes, These items are acceptedNo, Do not include
Branches (no greater than 4" in diameter and 36" long)Animal waste
Garden wasteAshes
Grass clippingsDirt
LeavesHousehold garbage
Prunings (no greater than 4" in diameter and 36" long) Lumber
Food scrapsPlastic




Maximum Weights

  • 30-gallon kraft bag: 40 pounds
  • 32-gallon can: 60 pounds
  • 60-gallon roll cart: 100 pounds
  • 90-gallon roll cart: 145 pounds

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