UPDATED Thursday May 21, 2015
Napa residents can now put food scraps and food-soiled paper in the brown compost cart along with yardwaste. NRWS/NCRWS customers have been provided with a kitchen compost pail for convenience in the kitchen, but food scraps and food-soiled paper can go directly into the brown cart. All food scraps, including meat and bones, dairy, bread, fruit and vegetables are accepted. Food-soiled paper, coffee cups, paper towels and napkins, and coffee grounds, filters and tea bags should also be included. Food scraps typically make up over 25% of what households throw away. When you add other compostable items such as paper napkins, coffee grounds and paper cups, it’s easy to see how composting will significantly reduce what we send to the landfill.
Households that took part in the City's pilot program saw a 24% decrease in the volume of their household trash.
Residents should place their brown compost carts out for weekly pickup on their regular collection day. The collected food, soiled paper and yardwaste material goed to Napa’s Recycling & Composting Facility, where the facility is being upgraded to turn it all into organically certified compost that is available for purchase for home gardens, landscaping, and agricultural uses.
How will curbside food composting make a difference? Households compost an average of 10 pounds per week through curbside food composting programs – that’s 520 pounds per year per household. If every household in Napa participates, we will be keeping 8,450 TONS of material out of the landfill each year! Composting eliminates the powerful greenhouse gasses created when organic materials end up in landfills, and using Napa’s organic compost enriches the soil naturally, prevents erosion, conserves water and closes the loop locally and sustainably.
“This is the first major change to the City’s residential curbside collection programs in 10 years. This program is necessary for us to meet both local and state goals of recycling or composting at least 75% of discarded materials by 2020,” said Kevin Miller, City of Napa Recycling Manager.
To learn more about the new curbside food composting program, or to access the complete results of the food composting pilot program survey, visit: http://naparecycling.com/residential-food-composting/.