Yard Waste

General Information

All trash service levels Trash, Recycling and Yard Waste. Trash carts will be serviced on a weekly basis. Service on recycling and yard waste carts will alternate weekly.

Yard waste is prohibited from garbage containers.

You can dispose of yard waste by:

Composting in your yard or Putting yard waste in your 96-gallon yard waste cart to be collected at the curb or Taking it to a transfer station that accepts "clean green".

Acceptable Items to place in your Yard Waste Cart:

  • Plant material
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Plant and tree trimmings
  • Houseplants (no pots)
  • Small amounts of sod (less than 60 pounds)
  • Branches and twigs (up to 4 inches in diameter and 4 feet long)
  • Small trees free of tinsel, ornaments, and flocking; sections less than 4 feet long; base less than 4 inches diameter.

Unacceptable Items to place in your Yard Waste:

  • Plastic or synthetic bags
  • Animal waste or litter
  • Dead animals
  • Rocks/gravel
  • Cement/concrete
  • Loose soil
  • Lumber/wood
  • Fencing material
  • Metal
  • Household trash/litter
  • Hoses, garden tools
  • Bricks and tile
  • Construction debris
  • Nursery pots
  • Tinsel, ornaments, flocking
  • Hazardous waste
  • Extra yard waste units over 65 lbs.
  • Bundles larger than four feet long and two feet in diameter Bundles tied with wire, nylon cording, plastic banding

Extra Yard Waste

If you have an occasional large amount of yard waste please call customer service at (530) 626-4141 or (916) 985-1162 to make arrangements.

If you often have more yard waste than fits in your yard waste cart, please order another cart.

Occasional extra yard waste may be put in:

Yard waste bags no larger then 32 gallons no more then 50lbs, or branches can be secured in bundles 3ft x 3ft x 18in.

Label occasional extra yard waste bags "yard waste" and put them next to your green yard waste cart at least three feet from your garbage

Please call the office at 530-626-4141 to advise you will have additional yard waste, limitations apply.

Home Compositing

Composting is the art of turning organic waste into a rich soil amendment called humus. Backyard composting is easy to learn and is full of benefits for you and the environment. Organic wastes that can be composted include fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee grounds, grass clippings and leaves. Some things you should not include in your backyard compost include meat or dairy products and weed seeds.

The Five Key Factors:
Food:

The Fifty-Fifty Rule: A perfect mixture of material consists of ½ brown (carbon-based material) and ½ green (nitrogen-based) material by weight. Air: To Turn or Not to Turn: The organisms that live inside your compost bin need air to survive. Mix or turn the pile three to five times per season using a pitchfork, garden hoe or shovel. Proper aeration can make a big difference. You will know if your bin is not getting enough oxygen if the pile smells of ammonia.

Water:

Moist, Not Damp: The organisms need water to survive, but not too much or they will drown. The ideal moisture level of your compost pile should be like that of a wrung out sponge.

Surface Area:

Small is Best: Cutup or shred organic waste materials before placing them into the compost bin. This increases the surface area and speeds up decomposition. You can also store your kitchen scraps in your freezer to speed up decomposition, as your materials break down at the cell level when frozen.

Bin Volume:

Not Too Big: A bin should be between 3’ x 3’ x ’3 and 5’x 5’ x 5’. A bin that is too small cannot retain enough heat. If the bin is too large, it won’t get enough air to the centre of the pile. It is also easier to manage two or three medium bins that one large one. You can build a compost bin yourself out of new or recycled materials, or you can buy one at a home or garden centre.

For more information visit - www.howtocompost.org.