Composting

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What is Composting and Why Should I Do it?

Composting is nature’s way to recycle. It is the controlled, natural decomposition of organic matter.

Microorganisms and macroorganisms break down organic materials into compost, or humus, a nutrient-rich soil amendment that improves the health and efficiency of your garden ecosystem from the ground up... Read More...

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Compost Bin Voucher Program

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Animal Waste Management

VIDEO: Watch this Emmy Award winning Manure Composting Video with Sam the Cooking Guy on the importance and simplicity of manure composting.

Erosion Control

Compost modifies the physical soil properties, improving water-holding ability and resistance to compaction. For this reason, compost is more commonly being used as an erosion control material that enhances soil. Compost is made from readily available, inexpensive materials and is gaining ground as an accepted material for erosion control measures in construction projects and roadside landscaping in California whereby road and construction projects degrade and compact soil, causing breakdown of aggregates and loss of structure.

Together, the County Watershed Protection Program and the Recycling Section are working together on an erosion control pilot study at Poway Landfill. The control study is designed to measure the effectiveness of compost socks versus straw waddles in erosion control and slope stabilization over a one year period.

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Supplies, Workshops and Composting Assistance

School Composting Programs

The County offers free composting education and assistance with compost and worm bin set up and in some cases donation of bins. Assistance with composting is available on a first come first serve basis and for schools located in the unincorporated county.

Demonstration Gardens

Learn how to produce a valuable soil amendment from your food scraps and yard waste. Composting workshops are offered in many unincorporated communities and composting demonstration sites

Additional Compost Demonstration Areas and Educational Signage can be seen at:

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Yard Waste

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