• Beyond the table, there’s a place where food lives again. A place free of hashtags and filters, or blog posts and updates. Where leftovers flourish and crumbs are reborn. And while not picturesque, it nourishes the city we love so it’s always postcard perfect. It keeps our green spaces beautiful, our soil rich, and neighborhoods smiling.

    It’s the green bin, and we wouldn’t be SF without it.

  • 30%

    30% of compostable waste in
    SF is incorrectly placed
    into the landfill bin.

  • 80%

    SF is at 80% of its goal to be
    Zero Waste by 2020.
    Are you doing your part?

  • 175K

    With over 175K green bins
    available throughout SF,
    it’s never been easier to compost.




  • Compost all food scraps and spoiled leftovers.

  • Compost all shells from seafood and nuts.

  • Compost all meat bones.

  • Compost oily pizza boxes and paper takeout containers.

  • Compost coffee grounds and the paper filters used for brewing.

  • Always check plastic containers and plastic bags to see if they are labeled compostable.

  • Make sure to compost used paper napkins and paper towels.

  • Always empty moldy food from its container into the green bin.

  • If it was once alive (like plants, animals, or trees) it can go into the green bin.

  • Compost chopsticks, toothpicks, coffee stirrers, and all clean (untreated) wood.


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* be sure to save and eat your leftovers.

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In the food world almost everything is compostable.



Real foodies know oily pizza boxes go in the green bin.


Tea Bags

Did you know that tea bags are compostable in SF?



Bring your own mug. It's the #SFThingToDo.


Breakfast Bowl

Use a compostable bag to line your bin.


Zero Waste

Less waste and landfills, more recycling and composting.


Compost Bone Broth

After you’ve made broth, throw the bones and veg in the green bin!


Kitchen Composting

Learn these four tips to kitchen composting at home.


Composting Coffee

DYK you can compost used coffee filters and chopsticks?


Quick Compost Tips

Make sure to use certified compostable bags to line your bin.


Avocado Toast

Compost the avocado peel and egg shell.


Smoothie Scraps

Make a smoothie and compost the fruit and veggie scraps.


Easy Grilled Onion

Make this easy grilled onion and learn compost tips.


Urban Composting

Real foodies compost food scraps when cooking.


5 Simple Steps

Learn how to compost in 5 easy steps.


Off the Grid

Food scraps and soiled paper should go in the green bin.


Food Waste Challenge

How can we dramatically reduce food waste?

See Top Ideas

Food Scraps

If you love SF & good food, composting is for you!


What’s In – What’s Out?

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Are you a foodie?

Because real foodies use the green bin.


Compost Kitchen Tips

Do more than instagram your food.


Picnic Composting

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Top Ten Compost

See what you should compost (but probably aren't).