Food Scraps Recycling Program

The Food Scraps Recycling Program will capture food waste, often referred to as organics, and food-soiled paper into its own bin - separate from landfill, recyclables and landscape cuttings. Food scraps will be processed into renewable energy.




Upcoming Events

• Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Food Scraps Recycling Program Webinar (1:00 pm to 1:30 pm)

Join us as our team:

o Answers frequently asked questions
o Discusses how the program works
o Explains opportunities for cost savings through rightsizing/downsizing
o Reviews accepted materials and how businesses can mitigate contamination

To register visit:

• Martes, 22 de junio de 2021 Seminario Web Sobre El Programa De Reciclaje De Desperdicios De Alimentos (2:00 pm hasta las 2:30 pm)

Participe con nosotros cuando nuestro equipo:

o Brinde respuestas a preguntas frecuentes
o Explique como funciona el programa
o Explique oportunidades de ahorro de costos mediante de la adquisicion o reduccion del servicio mas adecuado
o Haga un repaso sobre los materiales aceptados y como su negocio puede mitigar la contaminacion

Para registrarse visite:

Food Scraps Recycling Webinar: Watch Online Now!

Did you miss the live Food Scraps Recycling Virtual Workshop? The recorded workshop can now be viewed on the City’s YouTube page!

The 90-minute workshop highlighted:

  • Important information regarding the new Food Scraps Recycling Program
  • Services available to businesses
  • Food recovery and donation opportunities presented by San Diego Food System Alliance
  • Zero waste kitchen demonstration from local restaurant The Plot
  • Q&A session answered live by City Staff and Waste Management representatives

View the workshop today!

The City and Waste Management are Here to Help!
Since January 1, 2020, the City and Waste Management have reached out to businesses via letters, emails, and phone calls to provide support, education, and cost savings opportunities while introducing food scraps services.
As food scraps bin delivery begins August 17, 2020, the Zero Waste Technical Assistance Team will be providing a recycling starter kit, which includes interior containers to collect recyclables, food scraps, and landfill items, as well as educational materials, signage, virtual technical assistance, and optional in-person training for all businesses.
For questions regarding the new service or to make an appointment for in-person training, contact Waste Management at (760) 435-5457 or via email at

Get Set Up for Savings and Success
 Not only will the program ensure less materials are sent to our landfill, but it also allows businesses the opportunity to right-size or down-size their current services to mitigate cost impact, if not provide overall cost savings. 
In Oceanside, recycling and food scraps services are more affordable than landfill services, thus creating savings when you minimize your landfill services and strive for zero waste.



Acceptable Bin Materials
Acceptable materials for the Food Scraps bin include meat, bones, dairy, bread, fruits, vegetables, peels, pits, cobs, coffee grounds, and food soiled paper (paper towels, napkins, paper cups, paper egg cartons and pizza boxes). Bagging these materials prior to putting into the Food Scraps Recycling bin is not necessary but if desired, clear plastic liners are required.

Waste Management will continue to collect and recycle commercial green waste and commingled recyclables (bottles, glass, cans, rigid plastics, aluminum cans, office paper and cardboard) separately.


Bin Delivery Commencing August 17, 2020
Over the next several months, the WM/City Zero Waste Technical Assistance Team will be reaching out to each business to identify opportunities for cost savings through right-sizing or down-sizing backend services, and provide a delivery date for the new food scraps collection container.


Additionally, the Zero Waste Technical Assistance team will be providing a recycling starter kit, which includes interior containers for recycling, food scraps, and landfill materials, as well as educational materials, signage, virtual technical assistance tools, and optional in-person trainings to help ease your transition into the food scraps program.

Frequently Asked Questions
Use the following links to view frequently asked questions and answers.

FAQ Commercial Food Scrap Recycling

Preguntas y Respuestas Frecuentes


Oceanside Food Recovery Agencies

Zero Waste Business Guide

Food Scraps Recycling Program Flyer

Where Does It Go Poster - English

Where Does It Go Poster - Spanish

Where Does It Go Poster - Tagalog

Food Donation Information

Manager's Guide to Recycle Right

2020 Rate Sheet

Contact Information
The program is a partnership between Waste Management and the City of Oceanside.  For questions or to set up your services today, please email or call the Zero Waste Technical Assistance Team at: 

Waste Management Zero Waste Technical Assistance Team – Email:, Phone: (760) 435-5457
City of Oceanside Green Oceanside Staff Email:,  Phone: (760) 435-4500