Residential Services

Green Waste

GO GREEN! Green Waste Recycling

Automated Collection:
Residential customers will receive a GREEN 96-gallon green-waste cart or a smaller size for residents with space or storage constraints. Please note that up to two additional green yard-waste carts are available at no additional cost. Residents with carts beyond three may request additional green-waste carts for a nominal fee. Residents may also place out unlimited tied bundles at no additional cost.

Use your green collection cart to separate landscape waste and other organic materials for collection each week on your scheduled EDCO service day and set out by 7 a.m.

96-Gallon Cart

appx. 35.75" x 29.75" x 43.25"

64-Gallon Cart

appx. 31.75" x 24.25" x 41.75"

32-Gallon Cart

appx. 24.25" x 19.75" x 37.50"

NEED MORE CARTS? Click here and fill out EDCO’s Contact Us form to order more green-waste carts.

Manual Backyard Collection*:
Please click here for Manual Backyard Collection parameters. Please call EDCO for more information or to sign up for these services.

*Manual Backyard Collection is available in select areas only.

Green waste - clipping and trimmings

Recyclable Green Waste Includes
  • grass clippings
  • brush
  • weeds
  • hedge trimmings
  • branches
  • leaves
  • palm fronds
  • ice plant (in small amounts only due to weight)
  • ivy
  • flowers
  • Halloween pumpkins
  • Christmas trees (flocked trees are OK)
  • untreated and non-lead based painted wood

Place recyclable green waste directly into your designated green collection container. NO Plastic bags, please.

Please do not place any of the following materials in your designated green waste recycling container:

  • No plastic bags.
  • No kitchen scraps, fruit, trash or hazardous waste.
  • No animal waste.
  • No dirt, rocks, asphalt, concrete, sand, etc.
  • No treated or lead-based painted wood or lumber.

Click here for A Gardener’s Guide to Recycling Green Waste. Also available in Spanish. (PDF)

What Happens to Green Waste?
Green waste is used in a variety of diversion programs, including but not limited to land application and composting. The City receives diversion credit for both ADC and composting.

Backyard Composting & Grasscycling…Natures Way to Recycle
EDCO promotes recycling…Naturally! And what could be more natural than to recycle yard waste in a backyard composting bin or reduce waste by “grasscycling” lawn trimmings?

Items to compostComposting is the natural decomposition of organic material into a soil product. Homeowners who compost their own yard waste (hedge trimmings, flowers, grass, leaves, etc.) and certain kitchen scraps such as fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds and egg shells, can produce their own soil amendment or mulch for use in their yard or garden. Compost-amended soil provides a more nurturing medium for plants therefore creating healthier landscaping that will be more resistant to disease and infestation.

Man mowing grass

Grasscycling is simply the practice of leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. Grass clippings decompose quickly and return valuable nutrients, such as nitrogen, back into the soil. For best results, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Mow your lawn when the grass is dry.
  • Keep the blade of your lawn mower sharp.
  • Follow the “1/3 Rule:” cut your lawn frequently enough so that not more than 1/3 of the grass blade length is trimmed each time you mow.

For more information click here.

RPV’s Brush Clearing Event

Please place your excess green waste in your designated green waste cart or, for this special event only, in additional old standard-size waste cans. Tied bundles will also be collected. We discourage the use of plastic bags as this contaminates the loads. No loose material will be collected. Please place your green waste at the curb for collection on your designated day (located below), no later than 7 a.m. This free event is for bulk/excess green waste only. No rocks, trash or other bulky items will be picked up that day.

Refer to the following dates to see when your ONE designated brush clearing event date will be:

If Your Regular Collection Day Is: Your Brush Clearing Day Is:
Monday Saturday, October 2, 2021
Tuesday Saturday, October 9, 2021
Wednesday Saturday, October 16, 2021
Thursday Saturday, October 23, 2021
Friday Saturday, October 30, 2021

RPV’S Composting Program, Composting Rebate & Grass Recycling
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