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 county’s Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission website to learn more about composting at home.

Sign Up Online!

Visit to register online or to view a full list of class schedules and locations. Attend workshops anywhere in the county. Adults only.

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.

Discounts on Composting Bins

Take advantage of the County's discounted price on the purchase of the most popular composting bin in the U.S., the Earth Machine®. Only $55.00 each to Santa Clara county residents. Cash or Checks only, please bring exact change. No credit cards accepted. Call the Rotline at 918-4640 or click here for more info.


You'll get special training from the Home Composting Education Program (HCEP) to be an expert. Interested volunteers receive a ten week training course in backyard composting. After certification, you will help spread the word. Just 50 hours of volunteer time to answer phone questions, visit schools or conduct demonstrations.

Call HCEP at 918-4640 today!
You'll get valuable training and support your community.

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455 East Calaveras Boulevard Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm
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