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Workshop Classes in the County of Santa Cruz

Free Composting Workshops


These workshops will discuss the principles of composting kitchen and yard wastes using backyard bins and vermicomposting (worm composting) techniques.   You will learn how composting will improve your soil and enhance the health of your plants and vegetables.  Composting also reduces organic waste going to the landfill thereby cutting greenhouse gas emissions and slowing climate change. Virtual and in-person workshops are led by a Certified Master Composter and sponsored by the County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department.

Upon completion of the workshop, GreenWaste Recovery customers in the unincorporated county and Scotts Valley are offered a free backyard composting bin or worm bin.  Many other jurisdictions also offer benefits to composters.

Basic Composting Workshops will be held on the dates, times and locations listed below:

        WINTER 2022                    

** Saturday, January 22, 1 - 3 pm, in-person, Live Oak Grange

** Saturday, February 12, 1 - 3 pm, in-person, Live Oak Grange

** Saturday, March 12, 10 am - 12 noon, in-person, Live Oak Grange               

        SPRING 2022                    

** Sunday, April 10, 1 - 3 pm, virtual, Zoom

** Sunday, May 15, 1 - 3 pm, virtual, Zoom

** Saturday, June 11, 10 am - 12 noon, in-person, Live Oak Grange                 

Space is limited at these popular workshops; advance reservation required. Call (831) 824-6484 or sign up online at After submitting your request, you will be notified if you are accepted in the workshop.



2022 Holiday Schedule


Buena Vista Location 

1231 Buena Vista Dr.,
Watsonville, CA

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

County Landfill
Open Mon. - Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

BV Household
Hazardous Waste
Open every Wed.,
Fri., & Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Ben Lomond Location 

9835 Newell Creek Rd.,
Ben Lomond, CA

(831) 454-2430 or

(831) 454-3951


County Transfer Station
Open Mon. - Sat.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

BL HHW Facility
Open every Thurs.
7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Other Household Hazardous Waste 

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

Please note: The Santa Cruz City HHW Drop-Off Site will be temporarily closed for facility improvements.

Please visit the City's website by clicking HERE for more information.

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
Virtual Hours Only
(831) 454-2160

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