Garbage, recycling, and organics we collect

On this page, you can learn:

  • what items we accept in our garbage, recycling, and organics collection
  • what items you are not allowed to include in your collection
  • how to recycle or properly dispose of most common household items

Look up an individual item to see if we collect it

View a complete list of the types of items we collect



We collect the same materials from single family homes and apartments, condos, and town houses (multi family homes). 

Type Includes Single family home Multi-family home
  • Paper packaging containing liquids when sold
  • Metal packaging
  • Rigid plastic packaging (not soft plastics, such as plastic bags)
Blue box Containers cart
  • Printed paper
  • Paper packaging containing dry goods when sold
  • Newspapers and inserts
Yellow bag  Mixed paper cart
Glass   Grey box Glass cart


Food scraps 

You can put these food items in your organics cart 

  • Meat and bones
  • Fish and shellfish
  • Grains and pasta
  • Dairy products
  • Eggs and shells
  • Plate scrapings
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Food-soiled paper
  • Coffee filters, grounds,tea bags
  • Yard trimmings

You can put these yard trimmings in your organics cart

  • Grass clippings, leaves, weeds, brush and branches
  • Plants and flowers (living or dead/dried)
  • Plant, tree or hedge prunings less than 3" in diameter and no more than 3' in length
  • Christmas trees cut to fit in your container (no flocking, tinsel, decorations or stand)
  • Pumpkins after Halloween, broken into pieces
  • Invasive species, except Giant Hogweed (double bag and put in the garbage)

Do not put these items in your organics cart

  • Plastics (even if they're labeled biodegradable or compostable)
  • Coffee cups
  • Metal, rubber, or glass
  • Diapers and baby wipes
  • Pet waste and kitty litter
  • Rocks, dirt, sod
  • Painted or treated wood
  • Garden hoses, flower pots, or other non-organic materials
  • Giant Hogweed 



We collect all regular household waste except for:

  • yard trimmings and food scraps (organics)
  • recyclables
  • oversized items (such as furniture)
  • construction materials
  • dirt, rocks, sod
  • small appliances
  • used oil and antifreeze
  • paint and pesticides
  • explosives
  • electronics and batteries
  • tires
  • medications

Living safely with wildlife

The District is home to a variety of wild animals, including skunks, raccoons, coyotes, cougars, and bears.

Whether they're searching for food, or looking for a warm place to call home, there are steps you can take to make your property less inviting to them.