Yard Waste Alternative ways to recycle Organic Bin The following organic items should be put in your curbside green waste/organic container: green and yard waste material such as landscaping cuttings, grass clippings, pruning, small branches (less than 2 “ in diameter), small clean untreated lumber and wood piece, food and kitchen scraps, uncoated food soiled paper such as food soiled napkins, food soiled paper towel, food soiled brown paper bags and uncoated/nonglossy food soiled newspaper. *Please do NOT include paper napkins or paper towels with cleaning chemicals or bathroom waste. *Please do NOT include marketed compostable products such as bags, liners, utensils or plates. Clean untreated lumber and wood can be taken to any of the facilities list here. Compost Yard Waste Adding yard waste to a backyard compost pile diverts organic waste from ending up in a landfill. Find out more. Alternative Ways to Recycle Get a Mulcher, Shredder and Chipper If your household generates large volumes of yard waste, consider buying power tools to transform green waste into mulch: a mulcher, shredder and chipper can get the job done. Did You Know? The Perfect Compost Recipe Can I Make My Compost Pile Break Down Faster? Your compost pile breaks down faster if you mix together the right amounts of green and brown material. Your brown to green ratio is based off of your carbon to nitrogen ratio: 25-30 parts carbon to one part nitrogen is ideal. Keep in mind that food or yard waste all have different C:N ratios (shown here). Don’t get out your calculator for these ratios, instead just eyeball how much you put into the compost pile.