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Yard Waste Removal

General Information

Yard Waste is not available in all areas. Trash carts will be serviced on a weekly basis. Service on recycling and yard waste carts will alternate weekly.
Beginning January 1, 2021 in Cameron Park and El Dorado County services areas A, B, and C yard waste will no longer be accepted in plastic bags. Bagged yard waste will only be accepted in paper compostable bags

Yard waste is prohibited from garbage containers.

Options to compost yard waste:

  • Use El Dorado Disposal’s curbside collection. Place yard waste in your 96-gallon cart and bring to the curb on your service day. Yard waste collection is included with garbage curbside service
  • Bring yard waste to El Dorado Disposal’s Material Recovery Facility at 4100 Throwita Way, Placerville
  • Compost yard waste in your backyard
  • Paper compostable bags
  • Plant material
  • Grass
  • Leaves
  • Weeds
  • Plant and tree trimmings
  • Houseplant trimmings (no pots/dirt)
  • Small amounts of grass clippings (less than 60 pounds)
  • Branches and twigs (up to 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet long)
  • Small trees free of tinsel, ornaments, flocking & roots; sections less than 3 feet long; base less than 3 inches diameter; bundles no larger than 18 inches in diameter.
  • Plastic or synthetic bags
  • Animal waste or litter
  • Dead animals
  • Rocks/gravel
  • Cement/concrete
  • Loose soil/Dirt
  • Food Waste/Cardboard
  • 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

Occasional extra yard waste may be placed in paper compostable bags no larger than 40 gallons not weighing more than 50 lbs. Please label bags “yard waste’ and place next to yard waste cart. Yard waste in plastic bags will be charged as trash. Branches can be secured in bundles sized 3ft x 3ft x 18in. You must contact the office prior to your service day to advise you will have additional yard waste, limitations apply.

Home Composting

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.

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