Yard Waste Alternative ways to recycle Compost (Yard Trimmings) Cart Loose items outside the cart cannot be picked up and only company-owned containers will be serviced. Contact our office if you need additional compost carts. You can schedule a free extra pickup for yard trimmings in certified compostable bags twice a year. Please call ahead to request your extra pickup (which will occur on your regular service day). Customers may stop by our Napa office to pick up one box of compostable bags for extra yard trimmings. You can also bring extra yard trimmings to the Napa Recycling & Composting Facility, or consider renting a debris box for large amounts. Compost Yard Waste Adding yard waste to a backyard compost pile diverts organic waste from ending up in a landfill. Find out more. Alternative Ways to Recycle Get a Mulcher, Shredder and Chipper If your household generates large volumes of yard waste, consider buying power tools to transform green waste into mulch: a mulcher, shredder and chipper can get the job done. Did You Know? The Perfect Compost Recipe Can I Make My Compost Pile Break Down Faster? Your compost pile breaks down faster if you mix together the right amounts of green and brown material. Your brown to green ratio is based off of your carbon to nitrogen ratio: 25-30 parts carbon to one part nitrogen is ideal. Keep in mind that food or yard waste all have different C:N ratios (shown here). Don’t get out your calculator for these ratios, instead just eyeball how much you put into the compost pile.