Backyard Composting

​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 2015 Open Garden sessions held at the Fair Oaks Horticulture Center from 9:00 – Noon, on the following dates:  April 15, May 16, June 20, August 1 (Harvest Day Event), September 19 and October 14. Happy composting!

 

Additional information

Backyard Composting Guide
Request a printed copy of the Composting Guide
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Doug Eubanks
Sacramento County Department of Waste Management & Recycling
9850 Goethe Road
Sacramento CA 95827-3561

Phone: 916-875-7165
Fax: 916-875-6767

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