SATURDAY 9am-1:00pm
Bin is located at Jazz Alley on 20th Street between J and K Streets:  Saturday 9am-1pm.  Ask a Market employee if you can''t find bin. Compost standard/Do's & Don'ts

20,623 LBS Collected from Market
(which has a GWP of driving 18,973 miles) and makes compost for local school and community gardens.

For the sake of increased hygiene, we want to
1)  Phase-out use of "Compostable Plastic Bags" and compostable wares. These products have been found to have PFAS, the "forever" chemical, and we don't want it in our soil.
2) Phase-out use of "Plastic Bags" (we don't have a garbage contract.)
3)  DO NOT TIE YOUR BAGS (They are so hard to untie :-/

BEST PRACTICES -  Many people freeze their compost and toss it in, inside a paper bag. Perfect!*

We want our staff to be able to dump the material in the compost bin without having to fish out and untie those compostable bags. Ironic note:  Nothing that "says" compostable will be compostable in our gardens (except paper).
Thank you for composting - reducing greenhouse gases and building a greener, more climate resilient Capital City! 🙂


• All Vegetarian Scraps*

• Egg Shells

• Napkins, Coffee Filters ok


• NO Meats, Oils

• NO Plastics, Twist-Ties*

• NO Organic PLA "Compostable" Wares*


• Fresh Scraps 🙂 - We anticipate our collections to be a part of a weekly routine of composting: ie. we don't want month-old soups from refrigerator clean outs. Nature won't mind it, but our network of schools and gardens may. :-/

• Frozen Scraps - We are finding that many patrons freeze their scraps. This is a very clean and simple way to avoid any drips or fruit flies. Frozen or fresh is good for us.

• Paper or Plastic? - Paper bags work well for us. We just throw them into the compost pile :). We will accept plastic bags if it is easiest for you. Please don't tie bags. so we can just reach in and grab the plastic bag to empty it into the compost pile. DO NOT TIE BAGS! 🙂

• Compostable PLA Plastic Bags - NO, we don't want them anymore. We suspect that they have the "forever" chemical PFAS, and  that is something we don't want in our soil. We will accept them, but they will not be composted - they will be thrown away. DO NOT TIE BAGS!

• DO NOT TIE BAGS! - They are so hard to untie... thx!

PFA's Found in Food Waste and Packaging, Sierra Club Grassroots Network, March 15, 2020.

Can't Make the Market?

If you have compost, but can't make it to the market at the right time, we can pick it up if you live within our boundaries. We have several families that just give us a when there bucket is full. We suggest a $7.50 donation for travel and handling.


Need Regular Service?

We offer a weekly collection of compost for small businesses and residents  If you are interested in such a regular/weekly collection service for your house or business. Please contact us.

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Consider Backyard Composting

Backyard composting is the highest and best use of your food scraps. It is easy and cheap and great for our ecosystem. Look for a list of upcoming City of Sacramento & County of Sacramento Compost seminars. Or come out and learn with us.

Contact us if you have questions.

Remember, every 10lbs is equivalent to driving 9.29 miles, and creates compost for local gardens and greenscapes. Compost!