Food Scraps Recycling Program

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



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 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
Click the following link to view frequently asked questions and answers. FAQ Commercial Food Scrap Recycling


Zero Waste Business Guide

Food Scraps Recycling Program Flyer

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Where Does It Go Poster - Tagalog

Food Donation Information

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) 439-2824
City of Oceanside Green Oceanside Staff Email:,  Phone: (760) 435-4500