Residents can get free compost, take a workshop and get a compost bin, join gardening clubs, and learn about yard trimmings and food scraps programs.
Learn how to turn your grass, leaves and kitchen scraps into nutritious soil for your garden and get a compost bin at a discounted rate.
The Santa Clara County Home Composting Education Program offers home workshops at the Mountain View Community Center in May and October.
In addition, you can also join neighborhood composters or learn more by searching the web or visiting these websites:
Learn more about how to compost in your back yard and teach others by becoming a Master Composter in Santa Clara County. Call (408) 918-4640 for more information.
Training includes workshops on the art and science of basic and worm composting, field trips, certification and all training materials. Master Composter training enhances the skills of community leaders, activists, educators, environmentalists, gardeners, and recyclers. We encourage adults of all ages and abilities to apply. If you have ideas and energy for community participation, this class is for you.
Mountain View residents may pick up free finished compost at the SMaRT Station seven days a week, which is located at 301 Carl Road at the intersection of Caribbean Drive and Borregas Avenue in Sunnyvale (408-752-8530). These materials are only available to residents of Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale. There is no charge for the compost, but you must load it yourself.
Recology collects yard trimmings throughout the community and brings it to the SMaRT Station in Sunnyvale for processing. The Station produces a quality, finished compost in loose piles as shown in the above picture. The yard trimmings are sent to an off-site commercial composting facility, where it is screened for contaminants, and after a period of many weeks, the material is returned to the SMaRT Station for use as finished compost. During rain periods, you may find the compost pile has a protective "sock" to prevent runoff.
Please bring your own shovel and container to load and transport the material. There is a limit of one load per week. These materials are provided to residents at no charge with proof of residency. See more information about compost material quantity limits and tarping requirements at the SMaRT Station.
Visit the yard trimmings website page for collection service information.