Features & Benefits

It’s as simple as using our collection and recycling services. As a participant, simply collect your yard and food waste in a separate container and we’ll pick it up on a regular schedule.

Preventing waste and saving landfill space are very important to us, and as North America's leading recycler and waste services provider, we've been able to reduce landfill space while providing clean, natural energy for homes and communities like yours across the country. Yard & food waste recycling helps save space in landfills while providing inexpensive compost and other fertilizer products to communities and businesses throughout North America. Waste Management's Food & Yard waste collection service is an affordable and convenient way to dispose of food, grass, leaves, tree limbs and other yard waste, making it easy for you to do your part in taking care of the environment while keeping your yard clean and your neighborhood green.

Did you know?

  • About one-eighth of all solid waste generated in the United States is food scraps. 
  • Food waste and other organic materials can be used to generate clean, renewable energy.

By working together to repurpose food waste, we can make a positive impact on the environment we all share.

Service Details

Household Waste Pickup - Unacceptable Items

Unacceptable Materials

  • Automotive parts, motor oil and tires
  • Batteries
  • Bricks, stones and other building materials
  • Computers, TVs, small appliances and all other electronic devices
  • Concrete
  • Cooking Oil (Add animal litter to solidify)
  • Cement
  • Drummed waste
  • Fluorescent bulbs or tubes
  • Gas tanks or cans
  • Hazardous material such as paints, pesticides, driveway sealant, contaminated oils and solvents
  • Liquid waste of any kind
  • Needles or syringes

Need to dispose of any of these items?

Browse all waste and recycling services or find a drop off location near you.

Bulk Waste Pickup

  • White goods (stoves, washer, hot water heaters, etc.)
  • Refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers and other Freon-containing items
  • Tires off their rims
  • Mattresses, box springs, sofas, chairs, larger furniture items
  • Construction materials such as roofing, drywall and lumber
When possible, cut large items such as lumber and carpet into 4-foot lengths and bundle them. Place bulk items at the curb neatly and dismantled when appropriate.


All recyclable materials must be clean and rinsed out.

Acceptable Materials

  • Paper Products
    • Newspapers and inserts
    • Magazines and catalogs
    • Cardboard and clean empty pizza boxes (flattened into pieces no larger than 2 x 4 feet.)
    • Paper boxes such as cereal, cracker, pasta, tissue, shoe, gift, etc. (discard plastic liner and flatten)
    • Junk mail and home office paper
    • Telephone directories and all books
    • School papers, files, folders, etc.
    • All envelopes
    • Gift wrap
  • Plastic and Metal
    • Household cleaning supply containers (All containers must be emptied, rinsed and caps discarded. Labels are acceptable)
    • Aerosol cans (No pesticide or spray paints)
    • Metal cans with or without lids
    • Milk cartons and drink boxes
    • Rinsed out #1 and #2 plastic bottles and jars
  • Glass (acceptable only in certain municipalities - please check with your local Waste Management office)
    • Clear, green and brown glass bottles and jars

Food, Yard and Organic Waste

Acceptable Materials

  • Grass
  • Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Garden debris
  • Shrubbery trimmings
  • Brush and tree trimmings that are both less than 2 inches in diameter and 4 feet long

Unacceptable Materials

  • Dirt
  • Rocks
  • Stones
  • Sod
  • Tree stumps
  • Sand