Composting at Home

There's lots to learn about making and using compost. This section is devoted to basic compost questions. You may be interested in downloading our Composting at Home - It's Only Natural brochure available in both English and Spanish. We also have a How to Compost page which lists the basics of home composting from start to finish.

What is composting & why do it?

Composting, nature's own way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food waste. Compost is the soil amendment product that results from proper composting.

Whether it's done on site, at the point of waste generation, or in a large scale, centralized facility, composting helps to keep the high volume of organic material out of landfills and turns it into a useful product. On site composting reduces the cost of hauling materials and is generally exempted from solid waste regulations. Large scale facilities can handle more material and potentially produce a more consistent product, but may be faced with regulatory issues.

If you live in El Cerrito, your green waste may be collected curbside and taken to a large scale composting facility at the West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill. The resulting compost is available for purchase. Call East Bay Sanitary Company for more information about curbside green waste collection in El Cerrito. (510) 237-4321

Adapted from: California Integrated Waste Management Board Waste Prevention Info Exchange 

how to compost
The basics of composting, from start to finish


mulching
All about another great use for yard waste
 
supplies
Where to find bins and tools for composting
 
Demonstration Gardening

The City of Richmond has a commmunity garden which is open for special demonstration events. The garden is located at the corner of McDonald and Harbor Way in Richmond.

Schedule a special workshop for your organization. Free composting workshops are available for community groups such as garden clubs, schools, homeowner associations, church auxiliaries in the day or evenings.

If you would like to schedule a composting workshop, please call (510) 215-3125 or email us.