Yard Waste



The communities of Earlimart, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Pixley, Tipton, Tulare, and Visalia accept yard wasteand food scraps

  • Food Items – Comidas
  • Used/Soiled Paper-Papel Usado
  • Yard Trimmings – Desechos de Yarda
  • Other Materials – Otros Materiales


  • Branches and Brush / Desechos de yarda
  • Cactus / Nopales
  • Flowers & Floral Trimmings / Flores y hojas
  • Grasses & Weeds/ Hierbas
  • Leaves / Hojas
  • Potting Soil / Tierra con abono
  • Tree Trimmings Ramas de los árboles, podos de árbol
  • NO pots, plastic bags, flats, or packs
  • NO macetas, bolsas de plástico o paquetes


    • Bakery goods, bread, grains, and tortillas Granos, pan, pan dulce, pasteles, tortillas
    • Beans and other lentils Frijoles y lentejas
    • Coffee grounds and tea leaves Granos de café, hojas de té
    • Eggshells Cáscaras de huevos
    • Flour Products…including paper box/bag /Harina y masa (contenedores de papel esta bien)
    • Fruit – raw and cooked, pits too Fruta – cruda o cocinada, incluso huesos
    • Nuts and nutshells / Nueces y cáscaras de nueces
    • Pasta, noodles, and rice/ Pasta, fideos, y arroz
    • Popcorn / Palomitas de maíz
    • Soup / Sopa
  • Vegetables– raw & cookedVerduras- cruda o cocinada
  • NO Proteins (meats, fish poultry, or seafood…raw or cooked), including bones
  • NO carnes, pescado, or mariscos, (crudo or cocinado, incluso huesos)

Dinuba – Porterville

The cities of Dinuba and Porterville accept Yard Waste Only. Place the materials listed below in your yard waste container.


  • Branches and Brush / Desechos de yarda
  • Cactus / Nopales
  • Flowers & Floral Trimmings / Flores y hojas
  • Grasses & Weeds / Hierbas
  • Leaves / Hojas
  • Potting Soil / Tierra con abono
  • Tree Trimmings Ramas de los árboles, podos de árbol
  • Corks – Wood Only /Corcho de madera
  • Lumber– Small pieces …Clean Wood ONLY Sólo pequeñas piezas de madera limpia
  • Sawdust from Clean WoodONLY Aserrín de madera limpia SOLAMENTE
  • NO pots, plastic bags, flats, or packs
  • NO macetas, bolsas de plástico o paquetes


  • Never overfill the container. Recuerde no llenar demasiado el recipiente
  • The lid must close.La tapa de contenedor debe cerrarse.

Bamboo, Palms, & Yucca / Bambú, Palma, o Yuca

  • Cut to into small pieces. Corte a porciones más pequeñas.
  • Place pieces in refuse container. Coloque las piezas en un contenedor de basura.


Vermi the Worm

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm
Join Vermi the Worm and all his friends on an adventure into the world of worm bins and vermicomposting!

The Adventures of Vermi the Worm is an animated, interactive game that teaches the basics of vermicomposting and its benefits, plus other waste management strategies like the 3Rs–reduce, reuse and recycle!

Go on an adventure with Vermi the Worm as he visits a school garden and hooks up with his buddies, Bubba the Worm, Hugh Hammer, Sunny Flower, and Trashcan.

Play the Game
You can play the Vermi game either online over the Internet or by downloading the game and playing it on your network or computer hard drive. To play the game on line, go to the game menu where you can choose to play the full game, or you can select a scene to enter and play just that part of the game.
For faster play, download the game to your network or computer hard drive (approximate total download is 23 MB). Please review the download instructions before installing. The game is available in a PC version and a Mac version.

In order to experience the game without technical glitches, the following system requirements are recommended:

  • Flash 5 or higher, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher required.
  • Pentium 166 with 64 MB of RAM minimum, Pentium II with 128 MB of RAM preferred.
  • Any PowerPC Macintosh with 64 MB of RAM OK.
  • Windows 95 or Mac OS 8.5 minimum operating system, Windows 2000 or MacOS 9.1 preferred.
  • 56K modem minimum connection speed (ISDN, DSL, T1, or cable modem preferred).

Play the game here:


  • Paper coffee filters/ Filtros de papel de café
  • Paper tea bags/ Bolsas de te de papel
  • Paper ice cream containers…metal rim is okay Contenedores de helados…Alambre de metal está bien
  • Used paper bags, napkins, tissues, and towels Servilletas y toallas de papel usado
  • Used paper plates and cups / Tazas y platos de papel
  • pizza
  • Pizza Boxes…tear into ¼ Cajas de pizza…corte en ¼
  • Paper take-out containers Contenedores de papel para llevar
  • NO straws, utensils, polystyrene or plastic
  • NO tapas, popotes, utensilios, poliestireno o plástico
  • NO clean paper or cardboard (place in recycling only)
    NO papel o cartón limpio (lugar en el reciclaje solamente)


  • Corks – Wood Only Corcho de madera
  • Lumber- Small pieces …Clean Wood ONLY Sólo pequeñas piezas de madera limpia
  • Sawdust from Clean WoodONLY Aserrín de madera limpia SOLAMENTE
  • Vegetable or Fruit – Paper & Wood Crates (metal wire is okay)Caja de papel o madera de hortalizas y fruta (Alambre de metal está bien)
  • Wax-Coated, Paper Container Contenedores encerado
  • coatedbox


  • Loosens tightly bound particles in clay or silt soil allowing water to permeate and air to penetrate.
  • Compost can hold nutrients tight enough to prevent them from washing out, but loosely enough so plants can take them up as needed.
  • Changes soil structure, making it less likely to erode, and prevents soil spattering on plants—spreading disease.
  • Reduces the need for water, fertilizer, and pesticides.

Recipe for Backyard Composting

While a multitude of organisms, fungus and bacteria are involved in the overall process, there are four basic ingredients for composting: nitrogen, carbon, water, and air.

The easiest compost recipe calls for blending roughly equal parts of green or wet material (which is high in nitrogen) and brown or dry material (which is high in carbon). Simply layer or mix these materials in a pile or enclosure; chop or shred large pieces to 12″ or shorter. Water and fluff the compost to add air. Then leave it to the microorganisms, which will break down the material over time.

Green materials such as grass clipping and landscape trimmings are ideal sources of nitrogen for composting. Vegetable and fruit trimmings and peels can also provide nitrogen for composting. Coffee grounds and tea bags may look brown, but are actually potent nitrogen sources.

To reduce the potential for pests or odors, avoid meat or dairy scraps and always bury food scraps deep within the compost pile. Avoid pet feces due to concerns about pathogens. However, manure from chickens, turkeys, cows or horses is rich in nitrogen, and can help your compost pile get to proper temperatures, and make very good compost.

Brown (dry) yard and garden material such as dry leaves, twigs, hay, or shredded paper can provide the carbon balance for a compost pile. Chop or shred large pieces to 12 inches or shorter (thick, woody branches should be chipped, ground up, or left out). Untreated wood chips and sawdust are a powerful carbon source which may be useful if the pile contains excess nitrogen.

One of the most common mistakes in composting is letting the pile get too dry. Your compost pile should be moist as a wrung-out sponge. A moisture content of 40 to 60 percent is preferable. To test for adequate moisture, reach into your compost pile and grab a handful of material and squeeze it; if a few drops of water come out, it’s probably got enough moisture, if it doesn’t, add water. When you water, it is best to put a hose into the pile so that you aren’t just wetting the top. You can also water as you are turning the pile. During dry weather, you may have to add water regularly. During wet weather, you may need to cover your pile. A properly constructed compost pile will drain excess water and not become soggy.

The bacteria and fungus that are in your compost pile need oxygen to live. If your pile is too dense or becomes too wet, the air supply to the inside is cut off and the beneficial organisms will die. Decomposition will slow and an offensive odor may arise. To avoid this, turn and fluff the pile with a pitchfork often, perhaps weekly. You can also turn the pile by just re-piling it into a new pile. Wash hands after handling compost, or use gloves.

Ideally, the compost pile should be at least three feet wide by three feet deep by three feet tall (one cubic yard). This size provides enough food and insulation for the organisms to live. However, piles can be larger or smaller and work just fine if managed well.
Composting Techniques
Composting can be done gourmet style, requiring more effort, with quick results–or can be done more casually.

  • Gourmet compost piles that have the right blend of nitrogen (greens) and carbon (browns) and are kept moist and fluffed regularly, will heat up to temperatures of 120 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The high temperature will kill most weed seeds and speed up the decomposition process so that the compost may be ready in 2 to 3 months or less.
  • Casual compost piles are also quite workable since compost will happen even if you just pile on yard and food waste, water sporadically, and wait. Since these piles don’t get too hot, often worms will migrate into these and they will breakdown material. Casual composting can take several months.

If you are thinking about starting a compost pile in your backyard, you may want to familiarize yourself with the microbes that live in your compost pile.

How to Tell When it’s Finished Compost
Compost is finished when the original material has been transformed into a uniform, dark brown, crumbly product with a pleasant, earthy aroma. There may be a few chunks of woody material left; these can be screened out and put back into a new pile.

  • You may want to stop adding to your compost pile after it gets to optimal size (about 3 cubic feet) and start a new pile so that your first pile can finish decomposing

For more information visit: http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/organics/homecompost/


  • Aluminum foil, trays, etc.
  • Artificial plant or flowers – plastic, silk, etc.
  • Balloons and strings
  • Cardboard that is clean
  • Ceramic dishware or glassware
  • Clothing, linens, shoes, etc.
  • Concrete and asphalt
  • Cups, plates, utensils
  • Diapers
  • Dirt, rocks, or stones
  • Foil or foil-backed or plastic backed paper
  • Glass
  • Kitty litter, animal or human feces
  • Metal
  • Paper that is clean
  • Planting pots or packs
  • Plastic – all plastic materials
  • Polystyrene
  • Tennis balls or other sports items
  • Toys


  • Dairy including cheese or milk products
  • Cooking Oil or Grease (Take to Hazardous Waste)
  • Meat, fish, poultry, or seafood (raw or cooked, including bones)

335 N. Cain – Open: Saturdays…8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
For Tulare County Residents Only

  • Automotive Fluids (oil, gas, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Cooking oil or grease
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Light Bulbs
  • Paint
  • Pesticides


  • Electronic equipment
  • Sharps and syringes
  • Bamboo, palm, or yucca
  • Wood – painted, stained, or treated


  • Aluminio doméstico, bandejas, etc.
  • Plantas o flores artificiales – plástico, seda, etc.
  • Globos y cuerdas.
  • Cartón limpio.
  • Platos de cerámica o cristalería.
  • Ropa, linos, zapatos, etc.
  • Concreto y asfalto.
  • Tazas, platos, utensilios.
  • Pañales.
  • Tierra, rocas, o piedras.
  • Papel apoyado con aluminio o plástico.
  • Cristal.
  • Basura de gatito, heces de animal o humanas.
  • Metal.
  • Papel limpio.
  • Paquetes de plantas de cartón or plástico.
  • Plástico – todo material de plástico.
  • Poliestireno.
  • Pelotas de tenis u otros artículos de deportes.
  • Juguetes.


  • Productos lácteos incluso productos de leche o queso
  • Aceite de cocina o Grasa (se lleva a Hazardous Waste)
  • Carnes, pescado, o mariscos (crudo o cocinado, incluso huesos)

335 N. Cain – Abierto los sábados…8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Sólo para los residentes del Condado de Tulare

  • Fluidos de automotores (aceite, gasolina, etc.)
  • Baterías
  • Aceite de cocina o grasa
  • Productos de limpieza
  • Bombillas
  • Pintura
  • Pesticidas


  • Equipo electrónico
  • Sharps y jeringuillas (llame al: 624-7400)
  • Bambú, palma, o yuca
  • Madera – pintado, o tratado con químicos