Environmental update: The dirt on composting

By From page A14 | March 09, 2014

There are several ways to compost here in Davis. Yard materials placed in the street are collected by Davis Waste Removal each week and sent to be composted. Food scraps (fruit, vegetables, bread, rice, coffee grounds, etc.) cannot be placed in the street with yard materials. You can compost food scraps yourself in your back yard.

If you’re interested in learning how to compost food scraps, you’re in luck. The city of Davis is offering free composting classes at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, and Monday, April 14, in the Game Room at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E 14th St.

In addition to backyard composting and worm composting, these classes will place a particular emphasis on simple, pest-free methods of composting food scraps. After attending a class, Davis residents may sign up to receive a starter set of composting worms for $5 and residents of single-family homes can receive a backyard compost bin for $10.

We will be giving out five free food scrap collection pails at each class. Pails will be distributed at the end of the class to five lucky winners, chosen at random from the class attendees. To increase your chances of winning, register for the class ahead of time. Your name will be entered in the drawing when you register, then again when you attend the class. You must be present to win.

To register for the class, RSVP on Facebook (Facebook.com/DavisRecycling.org/events), call the Public Works Department at 530-757-5686 or send an email to [email protected].

Get rid of bulk

The bulky item drop-off days are from 4 to 7 p.m. April 3-4 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Davis Waste Removal, 2727 Second St.

Bring your unwanted bulky items: refrigerators and freezers (limit of two), large appliances, mattresses, furniture, sinks, bathtubs, toilets, wood scraps, scrap metal, and other bulky items for free disposal. Electronics such as TVs, computer monitors, microwaves, computer components and more also will be accepted at this event for free.

This service is available for Davis Waste Removal residential customers only. ID will be checked at the drop-off. Commercial haulers and business materials will not be accepted.

For more information about the bulky waste disposal program, visit DavisRecycling.org or call DWR at 530-756-4646.

Hazardous waste will not be accepted at the bulky waste disposal days, but can be brought to the household hazardous waste drop-off program from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday at the Yolo County Central Landfill. Bring paints, pesticides, fluorescent light bulbs, household cleaners, expired medicines (no controlled substances), etc., for free and safe disposal.

For more information, visit DavisRecycling.org or send an email to [email protected].

— Jennifer Gilbert is the city of Davis’ conservation coordinator; her column is published monthly.

Jennifer Gilbert

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