Every city and county in California is currently required to divert 50% of their waste from going to the landfill. California's new, ambitious goal is to reduce, recycle, or compost 75% of it's waste by 2020. The city's new residential organics recycling program, green waste program, and composting resources will help Woodland and California reach our new 75% recycling goal.


As of March 1, Woodland residents can place food scraps and food-soiled paper in their green waste carts (now referred to as organics carts). Instead of going to the landfill, your food scraps and food-soiled paper, along with your yard waste, will be taken to a facility to be processed into compost! Separating food scraps and food-soiled paper is easy and will help Woodland and California reach our goal to recycle 75% of our waste by 2020.

Organics carts are serviced once a week year round, on the same day as your trash and recycle cart pick-up. Your organics cart must not contain limbs over 5 feet long, large stumps, metal, concrete, gravel, or other non-organic materials.

Acceptable Items

                           Food Scraps                                                                     Food-Soiled Paper
              Fruits, Vegetables, Egg Shells,                               Paper Towels, Napkins, Milk Cartons, Paper Cups
             Meat, Bones, Shellfish, Cheese                                  Tea Bags, Coffee Filters, Greasy Pizza Boxes            
                  Compostable Packaging                                                                Yard Trimmings
         Paper & Cardboard Take Out Boxes,                                 Grass, Weeds, Tree Limbs (Less than 5' long),
     and BPI Certified Compostable Packaging                          Leaves, Palm Fronds, Nonhazardous Wood Waste

Click here to view or download our organics flyer.

Tips for Keeping your Indoor Food Scrap Bin Clean

  • Collect it: Collect your kitchen food scraps in an old coffee can or bucket. Place under sink or counter for easy access.
  • Empty it: Empty your food scrap bin frequently to reduce odors.
  • Line it: If you decide to line your collection bin, use paper bags, newspaper, or BPI certified compostable liners. Click here to learn how to fold a newspaper liner for your food scrap bin.
  • Wrap it: Wrap meat and leftovers in newspaper before placing them in your bin to avoid heavy odors.
  • Clean it: Rinse off residual food scraps or liquids from your bins. Sprinkle with baking soda to remove odors. Wipe the lid with vinegar to repel fruit flies.

Tips for Keeping your Outdoor Cart Clean

  • Line it: Place a sheet of cardboard or green waste at the bottom of your cart to prevent food scraps from sticking to the bottom.
  • Layer it: Layer food scraps with green waste so the green waste can absorb moisture and potential odors.
  • Close it: Keep the lid closed to reduce odors and pests.
  • Take it out: Place your cart out to the curb each week for pick-up, even if it's not full.
  • Clean it: You may need to clean your cart periodically to prevent potential odor or pest problems. Rinse your cart with warm water and a biodegradable detergent and let the dirty waste drain into your yard. DO NOT RINSE INTO THE STREET OR STORM DRAIN. Water that enters the storm drains goes straight to local waterways without any treatment. Sprinkle baking soda or vinegar into carts to remove odors and repel flies.

The green waste street pile program is designed to keep residential yard waste and plant material out of the streets and storm drains to reduce pollution of our waterways, keep our streets clean, and keep our gutters clear to prevent flooding during the rainy season.

During leaf drop season, green waste street piles are collected weekly.  During the rest of the year, street piles are collected once per month from each address and are allowed for only one week before each pickup date.  See below for the leaf drop and non-leaf drop season schedules.

Click here for a list of acceptable materials in your green waste street pile.  

          Non-Leaf Drop Season
              (Feb. 1 to Oct.
              Leaf Drop Season
              (Nov. 1 to Jan. 31)                          
          Monthly street pile pick up                    Weekly street pile pick up
          Weekly street sweeping                      Weekly street sweeping


Green Waste Street Pile Guidelines

  • From February 1 through October 31, green waste piles may be placed in the street no more than 1 week prior to your service day.
  • Must never include grass. Grass clippings always go in your organics cart. Keeping grass off the street is necessary for our State Water Permit compliance and reduces winter storm drain flooding and drain inlet cleanout by city crews.
  • Must never include food scraps or food-soiled paper. These items always go in your organics cart.
  • Must be placed immediately in front of or adjacent to your home or business.
  • Should not restrict gutter drainage or block drain inlets.
  • Must not obstruct bike lanes or traffic flow.
  • Shall not contain branches more than 6 inches in diameter or 5 feet long.
  • Must contain plant material only.

Click here for green waste guidelines and reference to City Code 23C-4-16

Composting is nature's way of recycling. Come to a local composting class to learn how you can turn your yard waste and kitchen scraps into nutrient-rich soil amendments for your garden and mulch for landscaped areas.

Free backyard compost classes are offered in the spring and fall. Composting guides and other composting resources are given to each Woodland resident attending the class.

For information on composting, water-wise gardening, native plants and other gardening tips and tools, visit the Yolo County Master Gardeners website. Check out the calendar section for upcoming gardening workshops.

If you would like more information on the next class, please visit the EnviroWoodland Facebook page or contact our Conservation Coordinator for Recycling at (530) 661-2059 or recycle@cityofwoodland.org.


The City of Woodland offers $100 rebates to Woodland residents who purchase a backyard compost and/or vermicompost bin. Compost bins provide a positive economical and environmental benefit by reducing yard waste in our streets and adding nutrients to our yards and gardens. For an application, click on the image above. For more information on these and other rebates, visit our rebate webpage or call (530) 661-2059.

Contact Information:
Service and billing Waste Management Customer Service: (530) 682-8748
Yolo County Master Gardeners: (530) 666-8143
Program Support City Conservation Coordinator: (530) 661-2059