Food Scraps

Home Compost or Garbage

Local Recycling Information

Food scraps can be composted at home or through the following program:

Down to Earth Composting
Collection Area | (775) 453-6620 
A local bike-powered compost recycling program that collects organic waste and turns it into compost. Now does residential composting. 

Donate unopened non-perishable, canned, and packaged food products

Check out Food Bank of Northern Nevada for a list of all the Food Pantries in Washoe County 

St. Vincent’s Food Pantry
500 E. Fourth Street, Reno | (775) 786-5266
Call a head

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada: Sun Valley
225 E 5th Ave, Sun Valley | (775) 786-5266
Hours: Tuesdays & Fridays, 1-4 pm

Catholic Charities of Northern Nevada: North Valleys
440 E. Golden Valley Rd, Reno | (775) 786-5266
Hours: Mondays, 1-4 pm

Saint Francis of Assisi Food Pantry
160 Hubbard Way, Suite F, Reno | (775)-507-4555
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Third Wednesday of the Month 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The Community Food Pantry
1135 12th Street, Sparks  | (775) 391-0482
Note: Located behind Sparks Library

I Got You Reno
Accepts donations from businesses and residences; to arrange a pickup, either email [email protected] or through their donate tab on the website.




Compost It

Adding food waste to a backyard compost pile diverts organic waste from ending up in a landfill. Items that cannot be composted include: dairy products, meat, or fats and oils. Find out more about backyard composting.

sink drain

Never Pour Hot Oil Down Drain

Don’t pour hot oil or fat down the drain or straight into the garbage. Learn how to dispose of cooking oil or grease.

Ways to Reduce


Avoid Food Waste

Be strategic about how you store and eat your produce. Vegetarian Times provides a great explanation of why some veggies and fruit go bad before others, and offers a handy chart to help you plan your week.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Create a Detailed Meal Plan

One way to reduce food waste is to create a detailed meal plan for the week and build a shopping list around that meal plan. This better ensures everything will get consumed. Check out this meal planner from


How You Store It

The shelves, drawers and doors of your refrigerator are designed to hold different types of foods. When food is stored as intended, it will last longer and save you an extra trip to the store. Learn more about proper fridge organization.

Ways to Reuse

Donate to a Food Bank

Consider donating unused food to families in need. Food banks generally accept these items: non-perishable proteins, kids’ snacks, traditional holiday food, condiments and spices, personal hygiene products, as well as baby food, formula and diapers.

Did You Know?

The Impact of Food Waste

According to this PDF fact sheet by the NRDC, the United States invests much of its natural resources on growing food: 50 percent of land and 80 percent of fresh water in the United States is used for agriculture. Meanwhile, 40 percent of food in the United States is wasted, and 41 million Americans live in food-insecure households.

I Value Food: A Campaign to End Food Waste

The Perfect Compost Recipe

Can I Make My Compost Pile Break Down Faster?

Your compost pile breaks down faster if you mix together the right amounts of green and brown material. Your brown to green ratio is based off of your carbon to nitrogen ratio: 25-30 parts carbon to one part nitrogen is ideal. Keep in mind that food or yard waste all have different C:N ratios (shown here). Don’t get out your calculator for these ratios, instead just eyeball how much you put into the compost pile.