Cool Your Coals!

Do not put hot coals or ashes in your carts!

Hot ashes or coals can cause severe burns and fire damage to properties. Follow these safety measures when disposing of them:

  • Use metal cans no more than 30 gallons in size with tight-fitting metal lids.
  • Fill cans with hot ashes only halfway so they cool quickly and are light in weight.
  • Secure metal lids on cans to prevent spread of sparks or embers.
  • Check, stir, and water your ash cans for several days until completely cool.
  • Avoid adding more hot coals on top of the cool coals by using a set of cans that can be used sequentially.
  • Check to be sure that ashes are completely cool before placing them in your cart.
  • Please note that cooled ash and coals from wood fires and lump charcoal can go in the compost cart, while cooled ash and coals from charcoal briquettes needs to go in the landfill cart due to the chemical additives present in the briquettes.


Avoid the Spark: Be Battery Safety Smart

Batteries cannot go in the recycling, trash or compost carts!

Multiple times in the past few years, misplaced batteries have started fires at our facilities and in our trucks. Luckily they were put out quickly, but fires from lithium ion batteries – the ones in your phone, tablet, laptop, drill, vape pen or drone – are very susceptible to starting fires when they are punctured or crushed and have caused serious fires at recycling facilities in recent years.

Batteries can be dropped off at many sites around town – visit for a full list.

We also pick up batteries with our Recycle More program – find details at

Thanks for your help in safely recycling batteries!

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.

Rechargeable batteries have improved dramatically over the past few years. Now there are several different kinds to provide a best match for various types of uses. 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 trash, recycling or compost where they can start dangerous fires.

Household-Generated Battery Drop-off Sites



All locations accept rechargeable and non-rechargeable batteries. Find out more about recycling batteries here

Ace Hardware
819 Randolph St, Napa; 707-224-0204
325 Lincoln Ave, Napa; 707-255-4272

Central Valley Builders Supply
1790 Soscol Ave, Napa; 707-257-8888

Devlin Road Recycling & Transfer Station
889 Devlin Rd, American Cyn 707-258-9005; Daily 8am–4pm

Hazardous Waste Collection Facility
889A Devlin Road, American Cyn, 800-984-9661; Every Fri & Sat 9am–4pm

Healthquest Fitness Center
3175 California Blvd, Napa; 707-254-7200

Mechanics Bank
700 Trancas St, Napa; 707-227-9300

Napa City Hall 
955 School St, Napa; 707-257-9500

Napa Senior Center
1500 Jefferson St, Napa; 707-255-1800

NRWS/NRCWS Payment Center
598 Lincoln Ave, Napa; 707-255-5200

Outdoor Supply Hardware
3980 Bel Aire Plaza, Napa; 707-690-0366

Tape the positive (+) terminal on your batteries before dropping off.

It is illegal to put batteries in your trash, recycling or compost cart!

Learn more about battery disposal.

Composting – Include the Food

There is more to compost than yard trimmings. Composting all your food scraps and soiled paper is now mandatory – but it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Need a free compost pail for daily collection of kitchen scraps? 

Contact us at (707) 255-5200 or reuse any appropriate-sized container that you have at home.

Puedes compostar más que los residuos del jardín. Puedes compostar los restos de comida y el papel manchado con comida,  ahora es la ley– y es tan facíl como…1, 2, 3.

¿Necesitas un recipiente gratis para poner los restos de comida de tu cocina? 

Llámanos al (707) 255-5200 o usa tu recipiente favorito.

Green Cart Brown Cart

Green Cart Brown Cart

Here in Napa, you may have seen new GREEN COMPOST CARTS alongside the brown ones.


To align with a statewide requirement to standardize the colors of carts across California, we’ve started the process of making the switch from brown to green for compost (the blue recycling and gray landfill carts will stay the same). To conserve resources and not dispose of still functional carts, the full switchover will take a number of years.


Please note that the same materials — all food scraps, soiled paper and yard trimmings — go in the COMPOST CART, whether it’s brown or green!


QUESTIONS? Call us at 707-255-5200 or visit NAPARECYCLING.COM

Annual Christmas Tree Pick-Up and Recycling Day

christmas tree

The annual Scouts BSA Christmas Tree Pick-Up and Recycling Day comes to Napa on Saturday, January 6th, 2024.

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 6th.
  • Trees must be free of ornaments, nails, tinsel, stands and metal spikes. All are contaminants or safety hazards.
  • A voluntary donation of $10-15 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 6th Scouts BSA tree pick-up may place their tree out for collection on their normal service day beginning the following Monday, January 8th. Please follow the above tree preparation guidelines and cut trees over 8′ in half. Flocked trees are not accepted and must be disposed of as trash. Wreaths, pumpkins 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.
Interested in Scouting?  Visit

Red Light Enforcement

Red Light Enforcement

Napa Strengthens Commitment to Traffic Safety with Automated Red Light Enforcement System


With intersection-related traffic accidents creating safety risks for city residents, businesses and visitors, the Napa Police Department is launching an Automated Red Light Enforcement System at four high-injury intersections that were identified as part of Napa’s Local Roadway Safety Plan. The program is expected to begin by early 2024.


Red light enforcement programs have proven successful in reducing intersection-related accidents in cities across the country. Napa City Council approved the program in August 2023.


When: Following the introduction of the initial camera system at the first intersection by early 2024, cameras will be installed at three additional intersections, totaling 16 approaches. Warnings will be issued for the first 30 days following each installation, with citations beginning in month two after each installation.


Who: Vehicles recorded proceeding through a red light, turning right on a red arrow, or turning right without stopping will be eligible for citations. Infractions will be verified by the police department before citations are issued.


How: Similar to programs in California and many U.S. cities, stationary mounted cameras that monitor all four intersection approaches record video and photos of vehicles, while synchronizing to traffic lights and vehicle movement.


Where: Soscol and Imola Avenues; Redwood Road and Solano Avenue; Soscol and Lincoln Avenues; and State Route 29 and Trower Avenue.


How much: Fines are $445 for going through a red light or turning right on a red arrow and $217 for failing to stop on the right turn.


Click here for more information!


Where Do Your Napa Solid Waste/Recycling Bill Payments Go?

Are you curious about where your Napa solid waste/recycling bill payments go?

If you want to know more about the City of Napa’s Solid Waste & Recycling (SWR) Enterprise Fund, please visit: for more information including a link to the Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR) from the City’s fiscal year 2022/23 for the SWR Fund.

¿Tiene curiosidad sobre a dónde van los pagos de su factura de reciclaje / desechos sólidos?

Si desea saber más sobre el Fondo de Reciclaje y Desechos Sólidos de la Ciudad de Napa, visite: para obtener más información, incluyendo un link para el Informe Financiero Anual Popular del año fiscal 2022/23 de la Ciudad para el Fondo SWR.