Food Waste Drop Off Locations

You can bring almost all of your food waste (except meat, dairy, and oily food waste) to neighborhood-based food scrap drop-off sites throughout the City.

Acceptable food scraps include:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Coffee grounds, filters and paper tea bags
  • Bread and grains
  • Egg shells
  • Nutshells
  • Corncobs
  • Food-soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Shredded newspaper
  • Sawdust and wood shavings (from untreated wood)
  • Stale beans, flour, and spices
  • Cut or dried flowers
  • Houseplants and potting soil
  • Feathers

You cannot bring:

  • Meat or fish scraps
  • Cheese or dairy products
  • Fats, grease, or oil and oily foods
  • Cat or dog feces and kitty litter
  • Colored or glossy paper
  • Sawdust made from pressure-treated plywood or lumber
  • Coal or charcoal ashes
  • Non-compostable materials, such as plastics, metals, and glass
  • Diseased or insect-infested houseplants and soil
  • Biodegradable/compostable plastics
When you go to a food waste drop off site, UNLESS they are a compostable plastic bag or a plain paper bag with no glossy coatings, you must take your food containers home with you or throw them out properly. Compostable plastic bags and plain papers bags can be thrown in with your food waste at drop off sites.

Note that compostable plastic bags are accepted at some, but not all, food scrap drop-off sites. Ask staff members located at each site for details.