Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling provides a green cart for the weekly roadside collection of compostable materials like yard waste, food waste and food-soiled papers.
As of January 1, 2022, you must sort your recyclables and organic waste including paper, cardboard, yard waste, food scraps, and food soiled paper from the garbage. It’s the law!
Did you know that Up Valley residents can now put food scraps and food-soiled paper along with yard trimmings in their green waste carts for weekly curbside collection AND it’s now the law?
As of January 1, 2022, a new law (SB 1383) requires that all Californian’s properly sort their organic waste for composting from materials that go to the landfill. This service is included as part of your residential service package with Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling. The good news is, as long as you’re sorting all your organic waste into your green cart, you’re in compliance.
Compost (Green) carts are only available in the 96-gallon size.
Visit our Residential Services page to review the cart options and set out rules for residential customers.
The average up valley resident generates 4.5 pounds of trash per day. Of that 4.5 pounds, approximately one third is compostable organic material.
If all UVD&R household customers composted, that would mean 548 pounds of organic material per person annually were no longer wasted in landfills. That would be about 11,000 TONS per year in total!
When organic materials end up in landfills, they generate methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. UVD&R’s compost facility instead turns this valuable material into organic compost. When compost is used in landscape and agriculture it builds soil nutrients, conserves water, and reduces the need for fertilizers.
Put only yard waste, food scraps & food soiled paper into your green cart. Please no place recyclables or garbage in the green cart. Do not overfill; make sure that the lid closes securely when placed at the curb for collection. Please remember that any materials extending beyond the rim of any cart will be subject to an extra charge or your cart not being picked up.
These materials can be placed in the yard waste/food scraps cart.
These materials should not be placed in the yard waste/food scraps cart.
All residential UVD&R customers are eligible to receive a free Sure Close compost pail. Pails were delivered to homes at the end of 2021. If you did not receive a pail, please call office.
You can also utilize a can, bucket or any other container that suits your needs and space.
You can line your pail with newspaper or paper towels, which help keep your pail clean, and reduce odors. Instead of using a liner, you can rinse your pail after emptying it which will also help keep the “ick factor” at bay!
If you choose to line your kitchen pail with compostable bags, they must meet Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) standards. See below.
If you choose to line your kitchen pail with compostable bags, they must meet Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) standards and show the BPI symbol.
Bags can be purchased at:
If flies cannot get to your food scraps, they will leave them alone. To keep fruit flies and other bugs out of your kitchen pail and green cart always keep the lids closed tight. As an extra precaution, cover your food scraps with paper towels or newspaper and tuck the edges along the inner wall of the pail.
The smell of meat and dairy products is often what lures critters like rats, mice or raccoons to your garbage and food scraps. If possible, cover your food scraps with yard waste to help minimize odors. Make sure the green cart lid is closed tight. Remember, your pick-up services require that the lids of carts open easily so please do not use weights, bungee cords, or rope to keep lids closed. These devices might also inadvertently end up in the trucks with the food scraps and yard waste
Garbage disposals aren’t meant to handle large quantities of food. Sending food into the sewer requires additional water to flush the food down your drain. Conserve water by collecting your food scraps for composting. By doing this, not only do we protect the environment, but we also capture personal cost savings from less water use and community savings from less wastewater treatment costs.
Soiled paper, bones, seafood shells, and fruit pits, as well as fats, solidified oils, and grease (FOG) should never be put down the drain, but can definitely be composted. FOG can cause sewer blockages leading to spills and overflows, which are harmful to the environment and public health.
We know that it can be difficult to determine what materials are compostable. All materials in the green carts or compost bins go to the Upper Valley Composting Facility where they are made into a nutrient rich soil amendment, compost. Contamination is very hard to remove once it is in the compost container.
We make every effort to emptying your container(s) on your service day, but on occasion, we may miss you. We apologize if this happens.
Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling (UVD&R)
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We’ve been serving the Upper Napa Valley community for over almost 60 years. Both companies are environmental leaders recognized for their innovation and ingenuity by National Geographic, California Department of Food & Agriculture, CalRecycle, OMRI, among others.
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