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Composting Publications

Backyard Composting

Compost Troubleshooting—Solutions to common problems, such as flies, ants, four-legged creatures, odors, dry compost, worm die-off and more. Download PDF

Home Composting—Basic information on composting. Reasons to compost, compost basics, troubleshooting. Download PDF

How to Use Your New Earth Machine—Simple directions for using an Earth Machine (the bin sold by Green Waste Recovery).  Includes information on turning the material and removing compost. Download PDF

Buying and making Backyard Bins and Worm Bins

Burying Food Scraps—How to bury food waste in empty spots in vegetable and flower gardens, where it will decompose and nourish your plants. Download PDF

Compost Screen—Directions for making a compost screen to sift your compost. Download PDF

Everything You Need to Know About Compost Bins—Lists a variety of backyard and worm compost bins, sources and prices. Download PDF

Homemade Food Scrap Composter—Modify a garbage can with a tight-fitting lid for use as an animal-resistant bin for composting food scraps. Download PDF

Homemade Worm Bins—How to modify a plastic storage container for use as a worm bin. How to make a wooden worm bin. Download PDF

Rotating Barrel Composter—Directions for making a barrel composter from a 45 gallon drum. Download PDF

Wood and Wire Three Compartment Bin—How to make a three compartment compost bin. Download PDF

How to Use Compost

Compost: Benefits and Uses—Benefits of compost, how to use it, and where to buy it. Download PDF

Composter’s Resource Guide—Santa Cruz County Guide to finding compost bins, redworms, raw materials to compost and finished compost for your garden. Download PDF

Grasscycle! Make the Most of Your Lawn. Make the Most of Your Time. Download PDF

Mulches for Your Garden—How to use grass, leaves and other materials as a mulch to conserve water and control weeds. Download PDF

Soil Amendments for Agriculture and Landscaping—A list of compost sources from the central California coastal region. Download PDF

Worm Composting

Attracting Worms to Your Garden—Use compost and organic materials to attract worms to your garden. Download PDF

Getting Started with the Can-O-Worms—Simplified directions for using a Can-O-Worms. Download PDF

More Options for Composting with Worms—Add worms to a plastic backyard compost bin. Download PDF

Worm Bin Creatures—Here are a few you will find in your worm bin. Download PDF

Worm Composting—Everything you need to know to get started composting with worms. Download PDF

 

 

 

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

HHW Information Line
(831) 454-2606

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