Holiday Schedule

If your garbage collection is normally on Friday it will instead be collected on Saturday. This applies to Christmas (December 25th) and New Years Day (January 1st).

Holiday Collection Schedule

Don’t take a holiday from recycling.

Remember to compost your food scraps and food-soiled paper to reduce waste.

For all your holiday recycling, learn more on our news page.

The Power of Rechargeable Batteries

a line of rechargeable batteries

From Walkie Talkies to RC cars, rechargeable batteries let you play just as hard as single-use batteries — but without creating as much waste. Let’s break down how they can reduce waste and save you money!

Reducing Waste

A rechargeable battery can be recharged up to a thousand times before it no longer holds a charge and must be disposed of. Different rechargeables vary in capacity and longevity, but even at the low end of performance, you can expect one to act as the equivalent of 100 single-use batteries. At the higher end of performance, one battery might do the work of 500 to 1000 traditional alkaline batteries.

A study by the State of California found that about 4 billion single-use batteries are shipped to the U.S. each year. If Americans switched to rechargeable batteries for most applications, we could keep billions of batteries from needing to be mined, manufactured and recycled each year!

Saving Money

Considering batteries are in everything from clocks to your wireless computer mouse to the TV remote, it won’t take long for your pocketbook to start reaping the benefits. A rechargeable battery can pay for itself in about six recharges — even factoring in the added cost of a wall charger.

According to the New York Times, the average U.S. household uses about 47 batteries a year. By switching to rechargeable batteries, as few as 4 batteries, charged once a month, and you wouldn’t need to buy any additional batteries for years!

Keep in mind that rechargeable batteries are generally not a good idea for emergency items, such as smoke detectors which generally relay on a single-use batteries discharge rate to alert you when it’s time to replace batteries. Consult your owner’s manual to find out what batteries you should use. In addition, rechargeable batteries don’t always hold a charge as long as single-use, alkaline batteries when sitting around unused. So they are also to be avoided for emergency preparedness kits.

No matter what batteries you end up using, remember to dispose of them safely by checking our Recycling Guide for the latest instructions.

Never dispose of batteries in the garbage or recycling where they can start dangerous fires.

Low Waste Alternatives to Traditional Wrapping Paper

Gift wrapped in brown paper

Giving and receiving gifts can be a joyful experience, but the wrapping paper waste it creates can be a bit off-putting. When it’s just one present, it’s easy to simply toss the paper away and move along. But after a holiday, party or shower, the waste is difficult to ignore.

According to Earth911, 4.6 million pounds of wrapping paper is produced annually in the US alone. Approximately half of that – 2.3 million pounds – makes its way to landfills. That’s the equivalent of tossing out 10 Boeing 757 airliners each year!

Some wrapping paper can’t easily be recycled because it’s a combination of paper fiber and non-paper materials laminated together. This also means that traditional wrapping paper is not biodegradable. The good news is there are many inexpensive and sustainable alternatives to wrapping paper.

Here are a few sustainable wrapping paper alternatives:

Recyclable

  • Newspaper with secured with twine* (pro tip: try using the comic section)
  • Paper bags with a piece of nature such as a pine sprig or leaf attached*
  • Cardboard boxes tied with decorative string*

*Remove any non-recyclable material before recycling

Reusable

  • Old fabric with a decorative print or interesting color (try tying it in a Japanese Furoshiki style)
  • DIY reusable fabric bags (Don’t sew? Find ready-made ones on online marketplaces such as Etsy!)

Still have some old wrapping paper?

If you still have traditional paper wrapping paper or gift bags hanging around, use and reuse it as many times as possible before tossing in the recycling. Make sure to toss any plastic wrapping “paper,” as well as bows and ribbon in the garbage.

Tissue paper goes in the compost, not the recycling.

Recycling for Environmental and Social Justice

Bulldozer on pile of garbage

When you hear the word “recycling,” you may think of paper, bottles and other items you place in a separate bin. Recycling is something we do to reduce waste and lessen our impact on the environment.

Recycling is one of the most recognizable acts of environmentalism, but it supports more than just a healthy planet. Similar to an ecosystem, where everything is interrelated, recycling connects back to people. That means when you recycle correctly you’re contributing not only to environmental sustainability, but also to social justice.

Everything we throw away has to go somewhere. If an item goes in the trash, it will end up burned or in a landfill, buried underground. When items are buried in a landfill, they are unable to decompose properly, and produce gases that not only contribute to climate change, but also can cause respiratory illnesses and cancer. Older landfills can leak and contaminate soil and groundwater, also significantly impacting human health.

All things being equal, you likely would not choose to live next to a landfill, but not all of us are able to avoid it. And unfortunately, people of color are most likely to bear the brunt of the environmental and health impacts that come along with landfills and incinerators.

It turns out that race is the single greatest predictor of whether you live near a toxic site. People of color are more likely to be live near environmental hazards leading to adverse health effects and a reduced quality of life.

That’s where environmental and social justice come in — the philosophy that everybody should have equal access to clean water and air, and a healthy place to live, work and play. When we reduce the trash we produce, we decrease the need for more landfills and incineration. Fewer toxic sites means fewer people impacted by those sites.

In reducing our waste and recycling correctly, we have an effect on not only our planet, but also its inhabitants. Recycling is more than an environmental act, it’s also an act of social justice.

Fire Safety Tips for Natural Christmas Trees

As you deck the halls this holiday season, be fire smart. A small fire that spreads to a Christmas tree can grow very large quickly. The following tips will ensure you have the freshest—and the safest—tree possible:

Picking the tree

  • Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched.

Placing the tree

  • Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 2” from the base of the trunk.
  • Make sure the tree is at least 3 feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, heaters, candles or lamps.
  • Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit.
  • Add water to the tree stand daily if needed to keep the trunk submerged.

Lighting the tree

  • Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use.
  • Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for the number of LED strands to connect.
  • Never use candles to decorate the tree.
  • Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed.

After Christmas

  • Remove the tree after Christmas or when it is dry.
  • Dried out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage or placed against the home.
  • Never burn a tree in the fireplace or a woodstove.
  • After the holidays, keep your tree in a secure location before collection day to prevent arson or vandalism. ❆ ❆ ❆

 

Our 100% Clean Air Fleet

We now have a 100% clean air compressed natural gas fleet…Natural Gas Garbage Trucks

wrapped in fresh messages!

Studies show that CNG trucks reduce GHG emissions by about 30%, and particulate emissions by 80-90%, as compared to diesel.

We’ve Got CASP!

CASP PipesHow great is that? CASP (covered aerated static pile) is a composting system that we put in place to efficiently create better compost in less time. Those food scraps, yard trimmings and leaves come in handy at our facility!

CASP System

This is a “closed” system that reduces air emissions such as odor and gases, and doesn’t allow runoff to contaminate waterways.

CASP Piles

The proper mix of air, water, heat and special filters not only kills any weed seeds or pathogens, but also creates a great compost!

Frontloader

The CASP system allows for growth! We encourage everyone to compost their food scraps, food-soiled paper, yard trimmings and leaves, we have the ability to take it all!

We turn your kitchen and yard trimmings turn into great compost that is returned to the earth as a valuable soil amendment used throughout our community… not buried in a landfill, giving off harmful greenhouse gases, with no opportunity to become useful again!

Remember that plastics, metal and glass are never compostable …we need your help to keep our compost clean.

46th Annual Christmas Tree Pick-Up & Recycling Day

christmas tree

The annual Scouts BSA Christmas Tree Pick-Up and Recycling Day comes to Napa on Saturday, January 9th, 2021.

Your local Scouts BSA Troops request the following:

  • Please have your tree on the curb by 9:00am on Saturday morning. Please DO NOT set out your tree earlier in the week, since tree collection will not take place until Saturday, January 9th.
  • Trees must be free of ornaments, nails, tinsel, stands and metal spikes. All are contaminants or safety hazards.
  • A voluntary donation of $10 per tree is suggested and appreciated. Please do not leave money on the tree!
  • Scouts will come to your door. Please leave a check made out to “Boy Scouts of America” in an envelope at your door.
PLEASE NOTE: Customers in Napa County who miss the January 9th Scouts BSA tree pick-up may place their tree out for collection on their normal service day beginning the following Monday, January 11th. Please follow the above tree preparation guidelines and cut trees over 8′ in half. Flocked trees are accepted. Wreaths and other holiday greenery go in the compost cart.

At our Napa Recycling and Composting Facility, we recycle all your trees and holiday greenery into compost, mulch or fuel for renewable energy.

Clean Out Your Junk Drawer

drawer full of junk

Everyone has that one drawer or shelf where they put small and hard to dispose of items. It’s like purgatory for items such as batteries, dead electronics, empty lighters and a whole host of other oddball objects. We get it. Who has the time to figure out what to do with these things? To save you time, we’ve assembled a list of common junk drawer items so you can clean out your drawer before it gets too full to open.

Common Junk Drawer Items
Click on items to see the correct way to dispose

Find something else in your junk drawer? Search the recycling guide to find it.