Composting is nature's way of recycling. It’s a satisfying way to turn fruit, vegetable and yard trimmings into a dark, crumbly, sweet smelling soil conditioner. Composting – it’s easy, it's smart, it's recycling!


Home Composting...

  • Saves you money by replacing store-bought soil conditioners. It also reduces the cost of yard trimmings collection and processing.
  • Helps garden and house plants by improving the fertility and health of the soil.
  • Saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff
  • Benefits the environment by recycling valuable resources and extending the life of our landfills.


Free Composting Workshops!

Santa Clara County’s Home Composting Education Program (HCEP) offers FREE classes that teach you how to make compost from food scraps and yard trimmings to enrich soil and reduce waste! Visit the UC Cooperative Extension website to sign-up on line and learn more about composting at home.

Free Redworms

Got a way with worms? The City of Milpitas offers one pound of free Redworms to each Milpitas household after attending a workshop! Talk to the Master Composter teaching your class.


This program includes an intensive, multi-week training for an advanced level of knowledge and experience with composting. Upon graduation, Master Composters are required to serve the greater Santa Clara County community by providing workshops, site based demonstrations, technical assistance and event tabling.

Visit the UC Cooperative extension to learn more about this interactive program and upcoming training schedule.

Engineering Department Hours:
455 East Calaveras Boulevard Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Phone: (408) 586-3300