How to I prevent issues from odor and pests?

There are several ways to store your food waste until your pick-up day.  Explore some of those options below:

Use a kitchen compost bucket

A small air-tight bin can store food scraps in your kitchen between trips to the large green bin. Line the bin with newspaper that can also go in the can, or with plastic, then place that plastic liner in your black can. The City has free kitchen buckets for residential customers; contact 209-577-5494 to request one.

Freeze your food scraps

You can store food scraps in your freezer, then add them to your green can on the day of or the day before your waste service.

Store in paper

Paper products are compostable and can absorb liquids and smells from organic material. You can put food waste into a paper bag or cardboard box to minimize odor and insects.

Keep green cans in the shade

Limit direct sun exposure as heat can increase odors.

Keep green cans in good shape

Keeping the lid of your organic container closed can prevent odor and insects. Contact your solid waste hauling company to request the repair or replacement of damaged cans.

Add other materials

Did you know that other organic materials can absorb liquids and limit smells? 

Examples of materials that can be layered with food waste in your green can: 

  • Shredded paper
  • Grass clippings
  • Cardboard
  • Branches and leaves

Show All Answers

1. What solid waste services changed on July 31, 2023?
2. Why did the organics (green) container schedule change on July 31, 2023?
3. Why did the recycling (blue) container schedule change on July 31, 2023?
4. Did my rate increase on July 31, 2023?
5. What is SB 1383?
6. Why do we need a new container?
7. When will I get the third container for recycling?
8. What happens if I do not separate my waste correctly?
9. How do I know where to put cardboard or paper products?
10. Do I need to have all the containers? Can I just have one or two and pay less?
11. I don’t have space for the Recycling container, I don’t want it
12. I already take my recycling to a Collection Center
13. What happens to waste in each container?
14. Can I self-haul my own waste?
15. Can I share my service with someone else?
16. How to I prevent issues from odor and pests?
17. Can I use compostable bags?
18. Do residents have to donate surplus edible food under the law?
19. Where can I find more information on the law?
20. I have a complaint or issue with my service or the City’s programs. What can I do?
21. What goes in which container?