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Library Resources

The Santa Cruz Public Libraries have over 20 books and videos on composting.  Visit the library or check out their website at . Below is a list of some of their resources. 

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General Composting

1. Ball, Liz.

Composting / by Liz Ball ; with illustrations by Jim Anderson. New York : Workman Pub., c1997.

2. Campbell, Stu.

Let it rot! : The gardener's guide to composting / by Stu Campbell Pownal, Vermont : Storey Communications, c1990.

3. Campbell, Stu.

Let it rot! : the gardener's guide to composting / Stu Campbell. Pownal, Vt. : Storey Communications c1998.

4. Cullen, Mark

1956-The urban/suburban composter : the complete guide to backyard, balcony, and apartment composting by Mark Cullen and Lorraine Johnson ; illustrations by Andrew Leyerle. New York : St. Martin's Press, c1994.

5. Del Porto, David

Composting toilet system book : A practical guide to choosing, planning and maintaining composting toilet systems, a water-saving, pollution-preventing alternative by David Del Porto and Carol Steinfeld. Concord, Mass. : Center for Ecological Pollution Prevention (CEPP), c1999.

6. Ecology Action

Ecology Action of Santa Cruz. – Reference only! Home composting and recycling information. [Santa Cruz, CA]

7. Francis, Robert

The complete book of compost by Robert Francis. New York : Becker & Mayer : Berkley Books, c1998.

8. Glaser, Linda

Compost! : growing gardens from your garbage by Linda Glaser ; pictures by Anca Hariton. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c1996

9. Goldstein, Jerome

1931-Garbage as you like it. Illus. by Virginia Howie. Emmaus, Pa., Rodale Books [1969]

10. Golueke, Clarence G.

1917 Biological reclamation of solid wastes Clarence G. Golueke. Emmaus, PA : Rodale Press, c1977.

11. Golueke, Clarence G.

1917-Composting : a study of the process and its principles by Clarence G.  Golueke. Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, c1972.

12. Jenkins, Joseph C.

The humanure handbook : a guide to composting human manure by Joseph C. Jenkins. Grove City, PA : Jenkins Pub., c1999

13. Lavies, Bianca

Compost critters / text and photographs by Bianca Lavies. New York : Dutton Children's Books, 1993.

14. Minnich, Jerry

The Rodale guide to composting by Jerry Minnich, Marjorie Hunt, and the editors of Organic gardening magazine ; [ill. by Jerry O'Brien]. Emmaus Pa. : Rodale Press, c1979.

15. Rockwell, Harlow

The compost heap. Garden City, N.Y., Doubleday [1974]

16. The Rodale

The Rodale book of composting / Deborah L. Martin and Grace Gershuny, editors. Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press ; [New York] : St. Martin's Press [distributor], c1992.

17. Ross, Michael Elsohn

1952-Re-cycles / Michael Elsohn Ross ; illustrated by Gustav Moore. Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, c2002.

18. Stell, Elizabeth

Secrets to great soil : a grower's guide to composting, mulching, and creating healthy, fertile soil for your garden and lawn by Elizabeth Stell Pownal, Vt. : Storey Pub., c1998.

19. Van der Ryn, Sim

The toilet papers : recycling waste and conserving water by Sim Van der Ryn Sausalito, CA : Ecological Design Press, 1995.

Worm Composting

1. Appelhof, Mary

Worms eat my garbage / by Mary Appelhof with illustrations by Mary Frances Fenton. Kalamazoo, Mich., : Flower Press, c1997.

2. Appelhof, Mary

Worms eat our garbage : classroom activities for a better environment. Mary Appelhof, Mary Frances Fenton, Barbara Loss Harris illustrations, Mary Frances Fenton, Nancy Kostecke. Kalamazoo, Mich., U.S.A. : Flower Press, c1993.

3. Payne, Binet

The worm cafe : mid-scale vermicomposting of lunchroom wastes A manual for schools, small businesses and community groups by Binet Payne ; with illustrations by Paul E. Bourgeois. Kalamazoo, Mich. : Flower Press , c1999.


1. Composting

[videorecording] / the Agroecology Program University of California, Santa Cruz. [Santa Cruz, Calif.] : The University, c1992.

2.Composting for the 90's

[videorecording] : a reason and method for everyone produced by Earth to Earth Productions. Burbank, CA : Earth to Earth Productions.

3. Organic Composting

Organic gardening--composting [videorecording] Rodale Press ; producer, Burton K. Fox ; director and writer, Winifred Scherrer. Oley, Pa. : Bullfrog Films, 1972

4. Wormania

[videorecording] Featuring Mary Appelhof as "Worm Woman" with Billy B. and the Brennan Kids. Kalamazoo, Mich. : Flowerfield Enterprises, c1995.

5. Worm bin

Worm bin creatures alive through a microscope [videorecording] / videotaped edited, and narrated by Warren A. Hatch. [Portland, OR] : W.A. Hatch (P.O. Box 9224, Portland, OR, 97207), c1998.

General Interest / Fun

1. Larson, Gary

There's a hair in my dirt / by Gary Larson. New York : HarperPerennial, c1998.

2. Beech, Linda

Scholastic's The magic school bus meets the rot squad : a book about decomposition TV tie-in bookb adaptation by Linda Beech and illustratedby Carolyn Bracken ; TV script written by John May and Jocelyn Stevenson. New York : Scholastic, c1995.

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Buena Vista Location 

1231 Buena Vista Dr.,
Watsonville, CA

(831) 454-2430 or
(831) 454-5153

County Landfill
Open every Mon.,

Tues., Thurs.,
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Hazardous Waste
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Open every Fri., & Sat.
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9835 Newell Creek Rd.,
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or

(831) 454-3951


County Transfer Station
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Tues., Thurs.,
Fri., & Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Open every Wed.,
7:30 am - 2:30 pm

Ben Lomond Household Hazardous Waste
Open every Thurs.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

(831) 454-2606

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

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

605 Dimeo Lane
Santa Cruz, CA

(831) 420-6270

Santa Cruz County
Solid Waste & Recycling
Main Office

701 Ocean St., Room 410
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 454-2160

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