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School Composting

Composting is a wonderful teaching tool which can introduce and explain far reaching concepts like life cycle, the importance of death and decomposition, soil recycling, resource management, garbage and landfills.

Best of all, composting activities are just plain fun!  Children get to touch dirt, hold worms, build compost piles, set up and explore worm bins, analyze what they’ve eaten for lunch, and learn songs about worms and other wiggly creatures.

Various resources are available for teachers and schools in the unincorporated area and Scotts Valley to involve their students in composting and recycling through the Green Schools Program

Backyard Compost Bins for Schools

Backyard compost bins use green waste from school grounds and garden, as well as fruit and vegetable scraps. To purchase a backyard bin, visit our Free and Reduced Cost Bins and Where to Buy Bins pages.

Worm Bins for School and Preschools

Worm bins are great for classrooms or school gardens. These bins offer the chance for a classroom presentation on nature's way of recycling, lifecycle, ecosystems and organism interaction. To purchase a worm bin, visit our Free and Reduced Cost Bins and Where to Buy Bins pages.

Resources

Worm Foods
Worm Bin Critters

Websites

Books, Curriculum, Videos and More
California School Gardens Network
Cornell University Composting in Schools
Green Schools Program
Kids stuff--Adventures of Squirmin' Herman the Worm
Kid’s Stuff—Adventures of Vermi the Worm
Life Lab Science Program
School Waste Management Education and Assistance
The Worm Guide: A Vermicomposting Guide for Teachers
Worm Words Glossary for Teachers

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