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What size cart will I receive?

The default size for your new compost cart will be the same size as your current trash cart.  If, however, you would like a different size cart, you can place your order online or by phone March 1-31. | Cart comparison chart

If I am okay with the default cart size and service I will receive, do I need to do anything?
You don't need to do anything! Your new compost cart will arrive this summer and you can begin using it immediately. 

When will my compost cart be collected?

The compost cart will be collected weekly the same day as your trash cart.

When will my new cart arrive?

Cart delivery will begin citywide on June 1st.  You will receive a notification tag on your trash cart the week before your new compost cart arrives.  If you’ve made additional changes to your current cart configuration, those changes will be made at the same time your compost cart is delivered.

Will containers be offered for collecting fruit and vegetable waste from my kitchen?

Yes.  Customers will be able to purchase a kitchen pail for $7.50 to easily collect compostable materials in their kitchen and carry those materials to your cart.  The pails can be ordered online or by phone March 1-31.


  • 1.9-gallon capacity, 9.5” tall, 11” wide, 8.5” deep
  • Easily fits under sink, cupboard, countertop or corner areas
  • Ventilation holes minimize odor by allowing moisture to evaporate
  • Ergonomic swing handle allows single-hand transport


Am I required to participate in this program?

No.  Customers may decide to opt-out of the compost collection program.  However, customers who elect to opt-out will not receive the $5 monthly participation rebate and will pay a higher rate than if they participated in the program.  Additionally, customers who opt-out of the program will not receive any of the benefits of the program, such as fall leaf collection or Christmas tree collection.

What if I already compost at home?

A waiver will be available to home composters who agree to compost all applicable materials from their property. Eligible customers who agree to the waiver conditions will receive the $5 monthly participation rebate. Customers with a waiver however, will not receive a compost cart or any of the program benefits, such as curbside leaf collection.


What can I compost?

  • Leaves and branches
  • Grass clippings
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Yard and garden cleanup
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Tea bags
  • Eggshells
  • Pine cones and needles

 What about Recycle the Fall?

With the new compost collection program, you can set out unlimited amounts of leaves year round for weekly pickup.  Simply fill your compost cart first, then set out as many paper leaf bags as you need. No overflow stickers needed.

 Will finished compost be available to customers?

Finished compost will be available at no additional cost to participating customers.  Pickup locations and details will be released this summer. The remaining compost may be used at city-owned facilities (e.g. parks, golf courses) or wholesaled, with revenue rolled back into the program.

Where is the compost produced?

The compost will be locally produced at the compost facility located on a designated area of the City of Boise's Twenty Mile South Farm.

Site Approval Application


What will the impact be on my utility bill?

Starting this summer, most customers will see an estimated monthly rate increase of $3.40 depending on the level of service selected.To see your estimated rate based on your cart and service choices, please login to Curb It Service Selection.

When can I see all cart and service options and how they will impact my monthly rate?

From March 1 - March 31, you will be able to view cart and service options, estimated monthly rate, then select the option that will best suit your needs.

Permitting and Applications

What is the current status of the application process?

The City of Boise submitted a compost siting application to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality on March 21, 2017. The public may submit written comments in regard to the site approval application to DEQ within thirty days from the date of public notice.