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Am I signed up for the service?

Customers had the opportunity through the month of March to opt-out of the service. If you didn't opt-out, you are signed up for the compost service.

When will my new cart arrive?

Cart delivery will begin citywide in June and run through August.  You will receive a notification tag on your trash cart one week before your new compost cart is delivered.

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. (This may take a day or two, so please leave the carts out until they are exchanged or removed.)

What size cart will I receive?

The default size for your new compost cart will be the same size as your current trash cart unless you made changes during the March ordering period. | Cart comparison chart


When will my compost cart be collected?

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


Kitchen Collection Pail

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. If you would like to order a pail for $7.50, call Republic Services at 208-345-1266.


  • 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


What can I compost? | Accepted Materials Chart

  • 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, participating customers can set out unlimited amounts of leaves year round for weekly pickup.  Simply fill the 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.


What will the impact be on my utility bill?

Starting June 1, most customers will see an estimated monthly rate increase of $3.40 depending on the level of service selected. | Rates

Other Questions

For general questions, use our contact form.