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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.

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.


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


What can I compost? | Accepted Materials Chart

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

Some weeks I have more compostable material than will fit in my cart, what should I do?

Compost collection is unlimited. Simply fill your cart first, then place any extra materials in paper leaf bags and set out next to your cart for collection.

Can I compost large tree stumps and limbs?

Yes. Put stumps and limbs in your cart if they fit. If your cart is full, you can set out large stumps and limbs (up to 4 feet in length and less than 60 pounds) beside your cart and they will be collected. Bundle limbs and tie with cotton string only. (Materials such as nylon string or duct tape are not compostable).

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.

Other Questions

For general questions, use our contact form.