Food composting is available to all of our customers — include the food in your brown or green compost cart!
¡Incluye la comida! Toda la información en español está aquí.
We turn your food scraps, yard trimmings and other organic material into compost right here at our Napa facility! Check it out in this video!
You can also purchase organic compost from our program.
What can you compost? A lot, see our complete list! Customers can put all food items (including meat/bones, dairy, bread, fruit & veggies), food-soiled paper, paper cups & plates, paper towels & napkins, coffee grounds & filters, tea bags and yard waste in the brown compost cart.
Food Composting Is As Easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Place your kitchen compost pail in a convenient location in your kitchen. For best results, empty daily or line your container with newspaper, paper bags, or approved compostable bags. Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning out the refrigerator of unwanted leftovers or spoiled food. Remember to include paper towels, napkins, paper plates and coffee cups. It all adds up!
Step 2: Empty your kitchen compost pail, including the liner, into your brown or green compost rolling cart as frequently as you like. Place your cart out for weekly pickup on your regular collection day.
Step 3: Our trucks service your carts and bring the food scraps, soiled paper and yard waste to our Napa Recycling & Composting Facility, where it is processed into organic compost. The compost is used as a soil amendment for landscaping, gardens, farms & vineyard — closing the loop locally and sustainably!
Kitchen Pail Tips
Can’t I just use my garbage disposal for food scraps?
Disposals aren’t meant to handle large quantities of food. Sending food into the sewer requires additional water to flush the food down the drain line. 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 for using less water and community savings from less wastewater treatment costs. Soiled paper, bones, seafood shells, fruit pits, and fibrous food scraps, as well as fats, solidified oils, and grease (FOG) should never be put down the drain, but can definitely be placed in your compost pail. In particular, FOG can cause sewer blockages leading to spills and overflows, which are harmful to the environment and public health. Give our sewer system a break and compost your food scraps instead!
For more information on the food composting program, here is our full Food Composting Program Brochure (PDF), y la información en español.