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Starting July 1, all food scraps, food-soiled paper, and yard trimmings must be placed together in your organic waste container (currently your yard/green waste container). Organic waste will be collected weekly for all customers. The new recycling program is required by state law, Senate Bill 1383, which mandates all organic waste be diverted from the landfill and recycled. Californians throw away nearly 6 million tons of food scraps each year, accounting for 15-20% of all landfilled material. The new organics recycling program will turn these food scraps into nutrient dense compost.

To help transition customers into the new program, the City of Sacramento is offering City customers a free kitchen countertop food waste pail to collect food scraps and food-soiled paper for curbside organic waste recycling. Kitchen pails (pictured below) will be available for pickup at seven community centers located throughout the City from mid-June to mid-September, and at two Saturday giveaways at Sutter's Landing Park on June 18th and July 9th. 

Each City household is eligible for one pail. Available while supplies last.

Sample food waste collection pail 

The kitchen pail is not required for recycling organics but intended to help customers transition into recycling food scraps at home. The pail best fits a 2- or 3-gallon bag but can be used without a bag or you can line it with paper. Only compostable bags made of BPI-certified plastic may be used. We will be giving one roll of compostable plastic bags with each pail.

The dimensions of the pail are as follows: 

Width: 11”

Height: 9.5”

Depth: 8.5”

Residents must register to pickup a pail, and bring their confirmation to the pickup (paper copy or digital). If picking up multiple pails for friends/neighbors/etc., please have them register and bring their confirmation emails. This way we can ensure we have the inventory at your pickup location.

Please use this link to register.

You will first be asked to confirm your address is eligible (within City limits), then a link will pop up to a short registration form and you will be able to view pickup dates and locations and make your choice. 

If you are having issues with the form or have questions, please email If you would like to download an informational brochure, please see below. 

Tips for Collecting Food Waste Brochure

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Do not put your food waste into the yard/green waste container until July 1.

Food waste flyer

Sac food waste flyer

Be careful of storm drains. Don't use pesticides in the containers.

If needed, rinse containers into landscaped areas only and avoid discharging to storm drain systems and neighboring properties.