Composting your food scraps and yard trimmings reduces how much food waste is thrown in the landfill, and how much green waste the City pays to transport yard trimmings to the commercial composter, Z-Best. To promote waste reduction and recycling, the City's Recycling Program offers monthly composting workshops to residents at no charge.The personal benefit to you is that composting can also reduce your garbage service costs. Volunteer Master Composters teach both backyard and worm (vermi-) composting techniques. Hands-on demonstrations for both backyard and worm composting show you how easy it is to make — compost and fertilizer.
February — November
Second Saturdays, 10 a.m.— noon
Murphy Park Building, 250 N. Sunnyvale Ave.
BENEFITS of COMPOSTING — When compost is added to your soil, it:
- suppresses weeds and prevents soil erosion;
- absorbs toxins and heavy metals from chemical applications to recondition soil;
- makes nutrients available to plants and reduces need for chemical fertilizers and insecticides;
- retains moisture and reduces water consumption;
- loosens clay and compacted soils for better drainage;
- reduces waste to landfill; and
- restores and revitalizes the earth's top soil.
To attend a workshop, register at the University of California Cooperative Extension, or call the Rotline at (408) 918-4640. Walk-in registration is permitted only if space is available. Workshops fill quickly so register today! Workshop attendees may purchase compost bins for home delivery. Ask a Master Composter how to get a bin.
Visit Jerry Gach, The Worm Dude, to learn more about worm composting, purchase red worms, or purchase The Worm Inn, worm composting bin.
Milpitas residents are eligible for one pound of worms at no charge with proof of residency and workshop attendance. If you have questions about worm composting, need to learn more or want to share an experience, join Jerry's Worm Forum and share a wiggly story.
If you have already attended a workshop, but would like to review composting techniques, the following additional resources are available, courtesy of the Master Composters:
If you have questions about composting or simply want to share your experiences, join Master Composter, Dan Hafeman, and his online Yahoo! compost group discussion. If you don't have a Yahoo! account, you can easily create one. Click "Join Group" and Dan will send you an invitation. Everyone is welcome!
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