Backyard Composting

International Compost Awareness Week is May 3 - 9, 2020 

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.

Free Compost Bin Available at Open Garden Session

Unincorporated Sacramento County residents who receive pickup service from Sacramento County Waste Management & Recycling (WMR) are eligible to receive a free compost bin through a partnership with the UC Master Gardeners of Sacramento County. A limited number of the hoop-style Geobin compost bins will be distributed at the 2020 Open Garden sessions held at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center.  Due to COVID-19, the sessions for April - October, 2020, were cancelled.  It is anticipated that these will resume next spring. 

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​