Yard Waste Alternative ways to recycle Put in Organics/Compost Blue Line Transfer Most yard trimmings can be composted and belong in the organics. Weeds, cut crass, small branches (less than 6 inches in diameter and 3 feet long), flowers, leaves, fruit and vegetables are all accepted. Please note that palm fronds and bamboo are exceptions and belong in the garbage. Dirt, rock, brick, sod and large stumps also do not belong in the organics. Call (650) 589-4020 to make arrangements for these materials to be collected. Or, bring them to Blue Line Transfer. 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.