Backyard Composting

International Compost Awareness Week is May 2 - 8, 2021 

Composting is a natural process by which organic materials decompose. The resulting product, called compost, can be mixed with potting soil as a soil amendment, and is used to improve the health of your soil, aid in erosion control and help control soil fertility.

Making Compost

It usually takes from three to six months to create a mature, usable batch of compost. While there is no single “correct” method, there are different “recipes” for making compost. All are based on the scientific principle of aerobic decomposition.

University of California Master Gardeners, Open Garden Sessions at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center

In an abundance of caution during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UC Master Gardeners of Sacramento County are not currently holding any events at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center

We hope that this changes soon.  While we wait to see you in person, please visit their educational resources at YouTube, Facebook, and Publications

Have questions about composting, gardening, pruning, etc.?  Please send the Master Gardeners an email at

Additional information

  Doug Eubanks
Sacramento County Department of Waste Management & Recycling
10863 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA  95670

Phone: 916-875-7165​
Fax: 916-854-9212​

​​​Collection Calendar

Never miss your curbside collection day!​  The app is available to download in the app stores for both Apple and Android devices.​​

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