Atlas Disposal

Organic Waste

Organic waste is waste that can break down naturally.  Organic waste covers all things related to food waste, yard waste, green waste, and wood waste.  At Atlas Disposal, we like to talk about green waste and yard waste separately from food waste because of customers for each are different and require different education and waste solutions.

Green Waste

List of Organic Waste Materials

  • Floral trimmings
  • Branches and stems
  • Leaves
  • Grass and lawn trimmings
  • Weeds
  • Sawdust
  • Non-painted wood

Food Waste

List of Food Waste Materials

Food scraps that are frozen, fresh, or spoiled and food-soiled paper are the most typical food waste items. Other generic food waste items include:

  • Meat and bones
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Bread and Pasta
  • Eggshells
  • Dairy products
  • Coffee grounds
  • Coffee filters
  • Seafood
  • Pizza boxes
  • Used napkins
  • Paper take-out containers
  • Tea bags
  • Wax paper

These items can only be thrown away using certified compostable bags. No plastic bags or plastic materials are permitted.

Where does my organic waste go?

All of your green waste and food waste can be diverted to be recycled and reused.  Some organic waste is mixed to create compost for everyone to use. Most organic waste hauled by Atlas Disposal is taken to digester facilities that convert green and food waste materials into renewable natural gas energy.

Organic Waste as Renewable Energy

Over 60% of the Atlas Disposal fleet runs on compressed natural gas that is sourced from renewable sources! Check out our energy division at for more information.

Get Started with Organic Waste

We offer organic waste recycling programs to commercial and multi-family customers in the Sacramento and Salt Lake City regions. If your residence or business is interested in recycling your organic waste, fill out our quote form, or contact us for more information.

Food Waste Collection ContainerWe also offer a range of resources for our multi-family customers to educate and assist tenants in implementing organic waste recycling. Atlas Disposal offers Food Waste Collection Containers for multi-family property managers to distribute to tenants for simple and efficient food waste disposal.