Yard & Food Waste Removal
Keeping your home free of yard debris is essential for any homeowner. Yard waste removal also has a positive impact on the environment. El Dorado Disposal offers yard waste pickup for our local communities.
SB 1383 also allows food waste in the Yard & Food Waste Cart, further reducing the amount of organic material that is placed in the landfill.
Request Yard & Food Waste Removal
Fill your yard & food waste container with your waste to be composted
Place your container at the curb prior to your weekly service day
Our team collects your yard waste, turning it into compost for nutrient-dense soil
Yard and food waste collection service is not available in all areas.
Trash carts will be serviced on a weekly basis. Service on recycling and yard and food waste carts will alternate weekly.
As of January 1, 2021, Cameron Park and El Dorado County services areas A, B, and C yard waste was no longer accepted in plastic bags. Bagged yard waste will only be accepted in paper compostable bags.
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 & Food 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.
Yard & Food Waste is Prohibited From Garbage Containers
Options To Compost Yard & Food Waste
Use El Dorado Disposal’s curbside collection. Place yard & food waste in your 96 gallon cart and bring to the curb on your service day. Yard and food waste collection is included with garbage curbside service.
Bring yard and food waste to El Dorado Disposal’s Material Recovery Facility at 4100 Throwita Way, Placerville.
Compost yard & food waste in your backyard.
Know What Goes In Your Yard & Food Waste Cart
Please review our list of acceptable and unacceptable items below so you know what to throw.
- Paper compostable bags
- Plant material (no dirt)
- Plant and tree trimmings
- Houseplant trimmings (no pots/dirt)
- Small amounts of grass clippings (less than 50 pounds)
- Branches and twigs (up to 3 inches in diameter and 3 feet long)
- When applicable - 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.
- Food waste including vegetables, fruits, meats, dairy, bones, coffee grounds, cooked foods, and egg shells.
- Food waste may be contained within a BPI approved GREEN biodegradable bag.
- Food soiled paper products including napkins, paper plates, pizza boxes, wax paper cups.
- Plastic or synthetic bags
- Animal waste or litter
- Dead animals
- Loose soil/Dirt
- Fencing material
- Household trash/litter
- Hoses, garden tools
- Bricks and tile
- Construction debris
- Nursery pots
- Tinsel, ornaments, flocking
- Hazardous waste
- Extra yard waste units over 50 lbs.
- Bundles larger than four feet long and 18 inches in diameter. Bundles tied with wire, nylon cording, plastic banding
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.
FoodUse 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.
WaterKeep it 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 AreaSmall pieces are 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
VolumeUse the right size bin: 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 center 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 center.
For more information, visit https://mgeldorado.ucanr.edu/Resources/Composting_Resources/
Benefits of Yard Waste Pickup
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