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FOOD SCRAPS

Place all food scraps in paper or compostable bags or containers  
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetable peels, seeds, and cores
  • Eggshells
  • Bones
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Beans
  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Seafood
  • Corn husks and cobs
  • Nut shells
  • Avocado pits
  • Tortilla chips & potato chips
  • Crackers
  • Peanuts & shells
  • Pumpkin & sunflower seeds and shells
  • Breakfast cereal & oatmeal
  • Seaweed, nori & kelp
  • Tofu/tempeh
  • Frozen foods
  • Jam & jelly
  • Canned food (only the contents--place the empty can in the recycling cart)
  • Dairy and soy products (no liquids)
  • Plate scrapings
  • Table scraps
  • Popcorn & kernels
  • Herbs & spices
  • Candy (remove the wrappers and place in the trash)
  • Nutrition/protein bars (remove the wrappers and place in the trash)
Food scrap collection tips

 FOOD-SOILED PAPER

  • Milk cartons
  • Tea bags
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Paper towels
  • Facial tissue (clean or used)
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper table cloths
  • Margarine and butter boxes
  • Ice cream cartons
  • Waxed paper
  • Soap boxes
  • Paper take-out food boxes
  • Frozen food boxes
  • Greasy pizza boxes
  • Refrigerated cartons (any paper cartons found in the refrigerated section of a grocery store)

 YARD TRIMMINGS

  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Brush
  • Discarded floral displays
  • Indoor plants
  • Prunings
  • Weeds
  • Discarded floral displays
  • Indoor plants
  • Christmas trees (may need to be cut in half or trimmed to fit, the cart lid must close)
  • Branches up to 8 inches in diameter
  • Excess yard trimmings can be saved for placement in yard material piles. Yard Material Pile Information

Tip: To make the most use of space in your organics cart, clip large trimmings into smaller pieces.
Do not roll the cart with the lid open.

 OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS

  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Pet hair
  • Pet food
  • Feathers
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Matches
  • Sawdust
  • Pencil shavings
  • Burlap sacks
  • Cotton balls
  • Old potpourri
  • Dried flowers
  • Fresh flowers
  • Biodegradable plastics
  • Compostable plastics
  • Chicken manure
  • Bamboo & wooden chopsticks
  • Dead houseplants
  • Raffia fibers (wrapping or decoration)
  • Excelsior (wood wool)
  • Human hair (from a home haircut or saved from the barbershop)
  • Domestic bird  and bunny droppings
  • Newspaper lining from bird cages
  • Wooden popsicle sticks
  • Aquatic plants (from aquariums)
  • Q-tips (not plastic ones)
  • Rawhide dog chews
  • Small pieces of lumber
  • Small amounts of sod (cannot exceed the weight limit on the carts: 300 lbs for 95-gallon carts, 220 lbs for 65-gallon carts and 125 lbs for 35-gallon carts) 
  • Paper muffin/cupcake cups
  • Old loofas (real, not synthetic)
  • Holiday wreaths (no wire or metal frames)


DO NOT PLACE IN THE ORGANICS CART

  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Dirt
  • Rock
  • Concrete
  • Kitty litter
  • Ashes
  • Pet waste
  • Diapers and other sanitary products
  • Compostable diapers
  • Any non-organic based material
  • Diapers and other sanitary products
  • Dead animals
  • Liquids, fats, oils and grease
  • Branches larger than 8” diameter
  • Tree stumps
  • Large amounts of sod (cannot exceed the weight limit on the carts: 300 lbs for 95-gallon carts, 220 lbs for 65-gallon carts and 125 lbs for 35-gallon carts)
  • Shelf-stable cartons (any paper cartons not found in the refrigerated section of a grocery store) example: juice boxes, broth cartons, etc.

ORGANICS COLLECTION SERVICE

  • Organics carts are serviced once a week, on the same day as residential trash and recycling service. See the service map to find your service day. Collection begins at 7:00 a.m. Containers may be brought to the curb after 5:00 p.m. on the day before collection and should be removed by 7:00 a.m. on the day following collection. DWR operates on all holidays except Christmas and New Year's Day. Call DWR (756-4646) if you have any questions.
  • Secure food scraps in a compostable bag, paper bag or other kind of compostable container prior to placing in your organics cart.
  • The lid of the cart must close in order to be serviced.
  • The default size is a 95-gallon cart, but organics carts are available in 95, 65, and 35-gallon sizes. Contact Davis Waste Removal (756-4646) to request a different size cart.
  • Do not roll the cart with the lid open.
  • Additional organics carts are available for a fee.
  • Place carts:
    • Wheels against the curb
    • Opening facing the street
    • 3 feet apart and 3 feet from parked vehicles
    • Do not block the bike lane or sidewalk
    • Please keep all yard waste piles, vehicles and other objects away from the front of the carts so the trucks can reach them. Do not block the bike lane or sidewalk.
  • On-street yard material piles will be collected once a month (during the week beginning with the first Monday of each month) AND every week during the leaf-drop season (beginning the third Monday in October through mid-December). More information about yard material piles.

 

Organics Collection Program

In July 2016, the previous system of collecting yard material loose in the street changed to a hybrid system of yard material piles and organics carts. Now all residents and businesses in Davis have access to food scrap recycling service through Davis Waste Removal. This organics program will help the City achieve its 75% waste diversion goal.

Organics Collection Program Flier

 Organics Program Fact Sheet       May 2016 Utility Bill Insert

Letter to landscapers regarding the service change    (Spanish translation)

The City hosted multiple community meetings to discuss the Organics Collection Program and answer questions. Click here to view the presentation shown at the community meetings.

Residential service:

  • Single-family residential customers receive one 95-gallon organics cart.  three carts 
  • Kitchen food scrap pails were delivered to the doorstep of each residence. Each kitchen pail had a flier inside with detailed information about what can go in the organics cart. Customers may use the kitchen pail to collect food scraps inside their homes and then empty the pails into the organics cart. If you did not receive a pail, you can contact PWWeb@CityofDavis.org to request one while supplies last.
  • Organics carts are serviced by Davis Waste Removal once a week, on the same day as trash and recycling service.
  • Customers can request a different size (65-gallon or 35-gallon) organics cart. Customers can also request additional organics carts for a fee. Contact Davis Waste Removal (756-4646) to request alternative sizes.
  • Customers can contact the City's Finance Department (757-5651) to request additional organics carts (fees apply). 

Yard material piles: yard material pile

  • On-street yard material piles are collected once a month (during the week of the first Monday of each month) AND every week during the leaf-drop season (beginning the third Monday in October through mid-December).
  • Yard material piles may not be placed in the street more than 5 days before a scheduled pick-up. Yard material piles will not be permitted on streets where they will block the bike lane.
  • Leaves and grass are not allowed in yard material piles unless the organics cart is already full.
  • Yard material piles are not allowed in the downtown core area (the area bounded by 5th Street, the south side of 1st Street, the west side of B Street and the Union Pacific railroad tracks).
  • Streets will be swept once per month, the week following yard material pile collection. The downtown core area will be swept once a week on Fridays.
  • More information about yard material pile collection.

organics cartApartment service:

  • Apartment properties receive one 95-gallon organics carts per garbage service subscribed. Apartment managers can contact Davis Waste Removal (756-4646) to request additional organics carts (fees apply for extra carts).
  • The City purchased kitchen food scrap collection pails for each apartment unit and delivered the pails to the property managers. Each kitchen pail has a flier inside with detailed information about what can go in the organics cart. Residents may use the kitchen pail to collect food scraps inside their homes and then empty the pails into the organics cart.If you live in an apartment and did not receive a kitchen pail, please contact your manager. If they do not have a pail, you can contact PWWeb@CityofDavis.org to request a pail.
  • Organics carts are serviced by Davis Waste Removal once a week.

Business service

  • These businesses receive one 95-gallon organics cart per garbage service subscribed. Contact Davis Waste Removal (756-4646) to request additional organics carts (fees apply for extra carts).
  • Organics carts are serviced by Davis Waste Removal once a week.

Service for restaurants, grocery stores and other high-volume food scrap businesses:

  • These businesses receive one 65-gallon food scrap cart per garbage service subscribed. Contact Davis Waste Removal (756-4646) to request additional food scrap carts or more frequent service (fees apply).
  • Basic food scrap carts service is twice per week.  More frequent service is available (additional fees apply).

Frequently Asked Questions

Why an Organics Collection Program?

Benefits of an organics collection program:

 

  • Improve stormwater quality. Yard material, particularly small items such as grass clippings and leaves, can be pollutants and create health and safety issues when they are washed down the gutters.

  • Improve safety. Yard material piles can create hazards for cyclists and pedestrians. Organics carts will only be in the street on pick-up day and yard material piles will be placed in the street no earlier than five days before a scheduled pick-up day.

  • Cleaner streets. Placing leaves, grass and other yard materials in carts will reduce wind-blown litter.

  • Ease of use. The organics program provides wheeled carts to transport yard material from the backyard to the curb. For residents with large amounts of yard materials, monthly pick-ups allow them to better manage extra yard material. Weekly pick-ups of yard material during the leaf-drop season (mid-October to mid-December) will manage large tree litter.

cartsWhat if I do not have room for a 3rd cart?
Customers can call Davis Waste Removal (756-4646) to reserve a 35 or 65-gallon organics cart instead of the default 95-gallon size. Using the recycling and organics carts will greatly reduce what is placed into the garbage cart.  This will allow some customers to reduce the size of their garbage cart which will free up space for the organics cart. Single-Family property owners can call the Finance Department (757-5651) to request a smaller garbage cart.

Can I “opt-out” of the program, “share-a-can” with neighbors and/or receive a variable rate charge—similar to garbage rates?
Most waste is either be recyclable or compostable. Customers should be able to downsize the size of their garbage cart and free up extra space for the organics cart. In some circumstances, home owners associations have switched to a shared communal recycling area so that residents have space for their individual trash and organics carts. Customers may also request smaller sized organics carts (35-gallon or 65-gallon sizes). Customers that want to opt-out and return their organics carts will not receive a rate adjustment and per the requirement to sort divertible materials (Davis Municipal Code 32.01.065) they may be required to prove that they are already separating out their organics from the trash. Customers that wish to Opt-Out are required to fill out and submit the Opt-Out Request Form. No variable rate option for organics carts will be available when the program starts.

What about odors, and pests associated with the organics carts?
The organics program does not introduce additional food scraps to be placed at the curb, it simply changes which cart the food scraps are placed in. The program does not create any new pest, odor or health hazards that are not already present in standard municipal trash. Currently, customers usually place food scraps in their garbage carts in plastic bags to avoid issues with pests and odors. When the organics program begins, bagging food scraps in compostable or paper bags before placing them in the organics cart will achieve the same results.

What if I have more yard material than can be collected by this program?
Yard materials placed in the organics carts will still be collected every week. On-street yard material piles will be collected once a month (during the week beginning with the first Monday of each month) and every week during the leaf-drop season (beginning the third Monday in October through mid-December). Any excess yard material the rest of the year can be composted, used as mulch or hauled away by the customer or a landscape maintenance company. To help customers make the switch, staff will offer a series of workshops on managing yard materials through gardening practices. Additional organics carts can be requested for a fee. More information on managing excess yard materials. More information on yard material piles.

Are there ways to reduce yard clippings?
Yes! Here are a few simple ways:

Will yard materials sit in the street all month long before pick-up?
Currently, there are no restrictions on when yard materials may be placed in the street. Yard material piles may not be placed in the street more than 5 days before a scheduled pick-up from mid-December to mid-October the monthly pick-up. From mid-October to mid-December, yard material pick-up occurs weekly and piles may be placed out 7 days before a pick-up.

What about my Christmas tree?
Christmas trees can be placed on the street for pick-up the first full week of January. Smaller Christmas trees can be placed in the organics cart (the lid must close). Larger trees may need to be cut in half or have the branches trimmed in order to fit into the cart.

How much will it cost?
The organics collection program is designed to be cost-neutral to customers. When the program started in July, customers did not see any increase to their City services bill as a result of this program.

Can I get more than one organics cart?

Yes, you can request more organics carts for an additional monthly fee. Please contact the City's Finance Department for details.

When will organics carts be collected?
Single-family residential customers have their organics carts picked up once per week, the same day as trash and recycling service. Organics carts for multi-family and other non-food service commercial customers are be serviced once a week on the same day that residential customers are serviced in the area. Restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses with large amounts of food scraps receive a 65-gallon organics cart that is serviced twice a week.

When will street sweeping be performed?
Street sweeping is done on a monthly basis, the week after yard material pile collection (in the fall it wil be done the second full week of the month). The downtown core area will be swept every Friday.

Where do all the organics materials go?
The organics are composted here in Yolo County. Davis Waste Removal brings the organic materials to the Yolo County Central Landfill Green Waste Facility. From there, it is combined with yard materials from the rest of Yolo County and sent to the Napa Recycling composting facility in Zamora. The County has announced plans to build a compost facility at the landfill.

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