Composting

A pile of green waste gets mulched at the Kiefer Landfill
About 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 can be used to improve the health of your soil, aid in erosion control and help control soil fertility.  

Why Should I Compost?: Not only will you be taking advantage of the free waste to help improve your soil, you will help divert tons of plant debris and food scraps from taking up valuable landfill space.

How To Make Compost: It general, it takes from three to six months to create a single batch of compost. While there is no single “correct” method , there are variations and all are based on the scientific composting principle of aerobic decomposition.  Full Backyard Composting Guide 
Request a printed copy of Composting Guide (email)

What Can Materials Can I Use? Composting requires mixing carbon-rich brown materials and nitrogen-rich green materials with water, making sure to keep the composting pile properly aerated.

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Vermi-Composting Resources: Red Wiggler worms, which are best for vermi composting, can be purchased at local bait shop or by mail from the following worm farms:

Blue Belly Farm
20244 Poker Flat Road
Penn Valley CA 95946
Phone: 530-432-8267

Foothill Worm Ranch
7190 Foothill Road
Pleasanton CA 94566
Phone 925-484-4192

Vierra's Worm Farm
P.O. Box 2023
San Andreas CA 95249
Phone: 209-754-5030 or 877-FOR-WORMS

Worm Fancy
P.O. Box 7414
Citrus Heights CA 95621
Phone: 916-560-8023
Email: wormfancy@live.com

For composting information:

Dave Ghirardelli,
Sacramento County Department of Waste Management & Recycling
9850 Goethe Road
Sacramento CA 95827-3561
Phone: 916-875-4557
Fax: 916-875-6767

Materials for Composting 

 

 

Nitrogen

Carbon

Barnyard manure

Ash - small amounts

Coffee Grounds

Bread

Flowers

Coffee Filters
Fruit and vegetable trimmings Dry Leaves
Grass Clippings Eggshells
Green Leaves Hair
Sod Lint
Weeds Paper with no ink, small amounts
  Sawdust
  Straw
  Tea bags with leaves
Wood Shavings