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How to Use Compost

Soil Amending

Mix a 4-6 inch layer of finished compost into newly reclaimed or poor soils. Dig 1-3 inches of compost into garden beds at least once a year.


Mulching is a great way to use compost year-round. In dense plantings, spread compost 1-3 inches thick over soil between plants. For weed management in open plantings, spread compost 4-6 inches thick over soil around plants. Do not pile compost against plant stems or tree trunks.

On House Plants

Sprinkle a thin layer of compost on the top of house plant soil to provide nutrients. You can also make a great potting soil by mixing compost with soil, sand and other ingredients.

Storr’s Winery will incorporate compost before planting a new vineyard.

Buena Vista Location

1231 Buena Vista Drive
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5154

Santa Cruz County Landfill
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

BV Household
Hazardous Waste
Open every Wednesday,
Friday and Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Ben Lomond Location 

(1 Mile North of Glen Arbor Rd)
9835 Newell Creek Road
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 336-3951

Santa Cruz County
Transfer Station
Open Monday - Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

BL HHW Facility
Open every Thursday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
Open every Saturday
7:30 am to 3:30 pm.

(3 miles north of Santa Cruz city limits off Hwy 1)
605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270

Santa Cruz County
Solid Waste & Recycling
Main Office

701 Ocean Street, Room 410
Santa Cruz, California 95060
(831) 454-2160

Email Public Works

Kasey Kolassa
Recycling and Solid Waste
Services Manager

Tim Goncharoff
Integrated Waste Management
Programs Coordinator

Beau Hawksford
ZeroWaste Administrative Analyst

Mike Torrecillas
Operations Superintendent

Lisa Fusco
Cashiering Facilities Supervisor