​Food Scraps Recycling at Home

 Food Scraps Recycling at Home

January 2024 – Residential Curbside Food Scraps Recycling

The City’s current franchise collection agreement with Waste Management, which expires December 31, 2023,  does not include the provision of food scraps recycling to residential customers.  In 2022 the City of Oceanside will be finalizing a competitive procurement process to obtain full-spectrum residential organic waste processing services; this includes yard waste, food scraps, food-soiled paper, meat, bones and dairy. This service is expected to begin once the new agreement commences in January 2024. Food Scraps Recycling is currently available for Multi-Family and Commercial Customers.

What Can You Do to Prevent Food Waste and Recycle at Home?

Green Oceanside Kitchen

The Zero Waste Team has an abundance of resources on the Green Oceanside Kitchen Page to help residents prevent food waste in and out of the kitchen. From virtual workshops, cooking tutorials, zero waste recipes, downloadable guides and resources, the GOK page is a one stop shop to help you go zero waste at home!


Schedule a Pick of Your Backyard Produce Trees and Feed Our Community

Did you know? The City has partnered with local non-profit, ProduceGood, to rescue surplus backyard produce to feed those in need. You can schedule a pick of your backyard produce for direct donation to local food pantries. Check out the Harvest Oceanside Flyer for a Seasons of Fruit Calendar, and visit ProduceGood’s Grower Page for more information on how to schedule a pick .

Backyard Compost Program

Compost is organic matter, such as food scraps and yard waste, that has decomposed to create a nutrient-rich soil amendment. By keeping your organics out of the landfill, you prevent the production and release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Compost also improves soil quality, biodiversity, and moisture retention. Composting is simple and it can be done at your home, apartment, office, or even classroom! Use the below guides, videos, and resources to start composting at home today.

Static Composting (Typically for homes with larger backyards) 


Vermicomposting (Best for small households and/or those with limited space)

Free Compost at the El Corazon Compost Facility

All green waste collected curbside goes to Oceanside’s El Corazon Compost Facility to be processed and composted. The compost is free to Oceanside residents, courtesy of the City of Oceanside and AgriService Inc.. The El Corazon Compost Facility is located at 3210 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside 92056. Bring a shovel and be prepared to self-haul. Call (760) 439-9920 for more information.

Need Additional Assistance or Training?

The City’s Green Oceanside team is here to help with an array of free resources and technical support. Virtual training, including one-on-one assistance, is available to residents to help troubleshoot any issues with their backyard composting bins. To sign up for group virtual training opportunities and workshops, email GreenOceanside@oceansideca.org.