Curbside Food Waste Collection
In Salem, Keizer, Stayton, Turner, Woodburn and their Urban Growth Boundaries within Marion County, the Yard Debris Cart is now called the Mixed Organics Cart.
Put in the Mixed Organics Cart...
All food & yard waste including the following:
- Coffee Grounds/Tea Leaves
- Coffee Filters/Tea Bags
- Dairy Products
- Egg Shells & Bones
- Seafood & Shells
- Yard Debris
Do not put these things in the Mixed Organics Cart:
- Plastic bags
- Animal Waste
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Other Plastic - Styrofoam
Can residents add food-waste to yard debris if they take it to the transfer station?
No, it’s still yard debris only at Salem Keizer Transfer Station. That material is dumped directly onto the ground at the Station, and there is no permit to handle the added food waste with that application.
What are kitchen compost collector pails used for?
You can scrape dinner plates and place other food scraps into the pail, then dump into mixed organics roll-cart on collection day.
Where does the food waste go?
It is taken to the Pacific Region Composting facility owned by Republic Services near Camp Adair. Their specially designed facility has a permit from DEQ to handle all types of food waste. It is composted on a concrete pad in tarp-covered “windrows” laid down over pipes to circulate air and filter odors from it. The finished compost is sold as a finished product.
For More Information
Call your garbage/recycling hauler or the Recycling Hotline at (503) 390-4000.
Kitchen Compost Collectors
Two styles of low cost kitchen compost collector pails are available for sale at the Marion County Juvenile Program's
Fresh Start Market .