Food Scraps

Organics (Food and Yard) Container

You can now “include the food” in your green cart.  

  • Produce
  • Meats & bones
  • Dairy
  • Egg shells
  • Seafood
  • Processed food (even candy)
  • Moldy food
  • Seeds and pitts

For a more list of what is considered organic material for your green cart, go to Burbank Recycle Center’s Accepted Organics Page or click the green Organics band at the top of this page.


The City of Burbank offers a free kitchen food scrap collection pail for residents, if desired.


Burbank Backyard Composting Program:

Keep these resources at home with a FREE home composter from the Burbank Recycle Center (by appointment). To schedule a pick, call 818-238-3900. Composters are available to Burbank residents only, so please bring a valid ID with you. Learn how to compost with our free composting workshops.

Reduce Food “Waste”: is a consumer based site with lots of tips on how to reduce, reuse and repurpose food to prevent it from going to waste.

Food Forward
Donate fruit from your own backyard to feed others in our county! Click this link to register your property for harvesting. Contact [email protected] or 818-530-4125 for more details.

Fallen Fruit – Endless Orchard Project
Add your own fruit trees on the map to share your fruit with your community! Also, browse your community to find fruit trees you can access.


Compost It

Adding food waste to a backyard compost pile diverts organic waste from ending up in a landfill. Items that cannot be composted include: dairy products, meat, or fats and oils. Find out more about backyard composting.

sink drain

Never Pour Hot Oil Down Drain

Don’t pour hot oil or fat down the drain or straight into the garbage. Learn how to dispose of cooking oil or grease.

Ways to Reduce


Avoid Food Waste

Be strategic about how you store and eat your produce. Vegetarian Times provides a great explanation of why some veggies and fruit go bad before others, and offers a handy chart to help you plan your week.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Create a Detailed Meal Plan

One way to reduce food waste is to create a detailed meal plan for the week and build a shopping list around that meal plan. This better ensures everything will get consumed. Check out this meal planner from


How You Store It

The shelves, drawers and doors of your refrigerator are designed to hold different types of foods. When food is stored as intended, it will last longer and save you an extra trip to the store. Learn more about proper fridge organization.

Ways to Reuse

Donate to a Food Bank

Consider donating unused food to families in need. Food banks generally accept these items: non-perishable proteins, kids’ snacks, traditional holiday food, condiments and spices, personal hygiene products, as well as baby food, formula and diapers.

Did You Know?

The Impact of Food Waste

According to this PDF fact sheet by the NRDC, the United States invests much of its natural resources on growing food: 50 percent of land and 80 percent of fresh water in the United States is used for agriculture. Meanwhile, 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted, and 41 million Americans live in food-insecure households.

I Value Food: A Campaign to End Food Waste

The Perfect Compost Recipe

Can I Make My Compost Pile Break Down Faster?

Your compost pile breaks down faster if you mix together the right amounts of green and brown material. Your brown to green ratio is based off of your carbon to nitrogen ratio: 25-30 parts carbon to one part nitrogen is ideal. Keep in mind that food or yard waste all have different C:N ratios (shown here). Don’t get out your calculator for these ratios, instead just eyeball how much you put into the compost pile.