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Coming Soon, Automated Green Waste Collection!

Between September 14 - October 2, 2020, EDCO will begin delivering automated green waste carts in Poway. Residential customers will receive a new GREEN 95-gallon wheeled cart, at no extra charge, for green waste recycling. Automated green waste collection is a simple way for residents to collect grass, leaves, twigs and brush from your yard while creating a uniform appearance on collection day. Click here to view the Coming-Soon Mailer for Poway residents. 

New Automated Green Waste Collection Carts

Each single-family residential customer will be provided a green, wheeled cart that has a hinged lid and approximately 95 gallons of capacity, atnoadditional charge. The 95-gallon cart is the equivalent of approximately three or more standard containers and is the same size as the current standard gray automated trash cart. 

After the initial delivery and upon request, those residents who are unable to physically move the cart or have space constraints would be offered smaller cart sizes equaling the same 95-gallon capacity.  For example, a 95-gallon cart can be substituted with three 32-gallon carts.

When Will Carts Be Delivered?

Automated green waste carts will be delivered to all residential customers between September 14 - October 2, 2020.

Automated green waste collection will begin on your regularly scheduled service day the week following delivery of your new automated cart. 

Can I Have More Than One Green Waste Cart?

Yes, after the initial new green waste cart is received, and to encourage additional green waste recycling, residents can request up to 2 additional green waste carts at no extra cost. Residents requiring a fourth ninety-five-gallon cart or more may request additional green waste carts for a monthly fee. Requests can be made by emailing csrsm@edcodisposal.com, texting a message to (760) 201-1578, visiting our Contact Us page online and submit an online form, or by calling (858) 748-7769.

What Do You Do With Your Old Green Waste Containers?

If you do not want your old containers, place a note on them indicating you no longer want them and put them out at the curb on your collection day the week following delivery of your new green waste cart.

Clean Greens! 

Help keep recyclable green waste clean by placing only the following in your green cart:
  • grass clippings
  • brush
  • weeds
  • hedge trimmings
  • branches
  • leaves
  • palm fronds
  • wood
  • ice plant (in very small quantity-cart filled only halfway)
  • ivy
  • floral decorations
  • Halloween pumpkins
  • Christmas trees
  • untreated and non-lead based painted wood

Please do not use plastic bags as they do not compost! 

Plastic bags cannot be accepted in the new green waste collection program as they will contaminate the loads and cause the green waste material to be unrecyclable. All green waste material must be placed loosely inside the green waste cart for collection.

Questions? 

EDCO understands that questions may arise during this time of change and we are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact our office and speak with a customer service representative. EDCO will answer any questions you may have about this transition and will try to resolve any situations that arise. Please visit our Contact Us page and fill out the form on the left with any questions or requests. 

Current Manual Green Waste Collection

metal canUse a standard, 32-gallon capacity, rigid waste can to separate recyclable landscape waste and other organic materials for collection. Place yard waste debris directly into a customer-provided, rigid waste can. Bulky yard debris, such as tree branches or brush, may also be tied securely into bundles with twine and set out next to cans. Bundles should not exceed 4’ x 18” in dimension. 

Please do not use bags, as they are not compostable, or customer-provided waste cans that come with attached wheels and/or attached lids as they are not acceptable for manual collection. 
 

Green waste - clipping and trimmings

Recyclable Green Waste Includes
  • grass clippings
  • brush
  • weeds
  • hedge trimmings
  • branches
  • leaves
  • floral decorations
  • Christmas trees

Please place organic waste directly into your designated green waste collection container.

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

  • 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.

Please do not use waste cans that come with attached wheels and/or attached lids.

Leaves Pine ConesYard waste not suitable for trash cans or bags, such as tree branches, must be securely tied in bundles no longer than four feet in length, no wider than 18 inches in diameter, and no heavier than 25 lbs.

What Happens to Green Waste?

Green waste is used in a variety of diversion programs, including but not limited to land application and composting.

Backyard Composting & Grasscycling…Nature's 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 Man mowing grassplants, therefore, creating healthier landscaping that will be more resistant to disease and infestation.

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.

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