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Napa County waste companies offer ways to dispose of spoiled food after outages

Napa County waste companies offer ways to dispose of spoiled food after outages

Waste disposal companies in Napa County are offering ways for residents to dispose of food that has spoiled during Pacific Gas and Electric Co.’s recent planned power shutoffs.

Customers of Napa Recycling & Waste Services should place unpackaged food waste in their brown totes for pickup, according to county spokesperson Noel Brinkerhoff. All food and soiled paper must be separated from non-compostable plastic or metal packaging.

Spoiled food not separated from non-compostable food packaging should be discarded in gray trash carts.

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Commercial customers with large amounts of packaged spoiled food can contact Napa Recycling for special pickup service. Call 707-255-5200 for more information.

American Canyon customers should call Recology at 707-552-3110 for information on food waste disposal.

Upvalley, customers of Upper Valley Disposal & Recycling may dispose of spoiled food in their normal waste cart, or place it in their green waste tote if there is not enough room for an $18 fee.

Customers must notify Upper Valley Disposal that they will be using their green waste cart for food disposal. Call the company at 707-963-7988, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Upvalley customers can also take their food waste to the Clover Flat Landfill at 4380 Silverado Trail in Calistoga. The landfill is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and closed on Mondays.

This story has been corrected since first posting. Napa Recycling and Waste Services considers spoiled food to be compostable if packaging is removed.

You can reach Howard Yune at 707-256-2214 or

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Public Safety Reporter

Howard Yune covers public safety for the Napa Valley Register. He has been a reporter and photographer for the Register since 2011, and previously wrote for the Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Anaheim Bulletin and Coos Bay (Oregon) World.

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