Compost Awareness

What is composting?

Following are some helpful links to help explain what composting is all about:

Why is composting important?

Check out The Compost Story, as told by Rosario Dawson, Amy Smart, Paul Blackthorne, Kendrick Sampson and Adrian Grenier.

Who can compost? Everyone!

Everyone can compost! Composting can remove 20-50% from your household waste stream, reducing the burden on landfills, while replenishing your lawn, trees, houseplants, or garden, for free! Think differently! From around the house, to the office, the laundry, the bathroom, to pet pet-related to party supplies, so many things can be composted. Here's a quick list to 100 things you can compost by Small Footprint Family.

Where can you learn about composting in Orange County?

UCCE Orange County Master Gardeners

Composting Video Series

What is Composting? (brochure)

City of Brea Compost Classes for residents


Building Your Own Composting Bin: Designs for Your Community

Costa Mesa

Orange Coast College - Organic Gardening and Composting (Check schedule for 2019 classes)

Community Classes


Fullerton Arboretum – Composting Series, Check below for 2019 classes

Fullerton Residents: Buy a Compst Bin for Only $15!

Huntington Beach

Shipley Nature Center Compost Classes - Check schedule for 2019 coming soon


Link to UCCE calendar of events (Check for 2019 Compost Classes) 

Irvine Ranch Water District, Check events calendar for 2019

IRWD Events

Laguna Beach

Composting Workshops and information, City of Laguna Beach

Santa Ana

Free Composting Workshop at Fullerton Arboretum for city residents

City Recycling Coordinators

Contact your city recycling coordinator for more information on compost classes, vouchers or other programs near you. A list of recycling coordinators can be found here.

How to compost?

How to compost the easy way! 

Recipe for Backyard Composting

Vermicomposting 101

How to Compost at Work

Composting for Kids, A Complete Guide for Composting at Home

Composting for Kids at School

When to get involved? Now!

You can make a difference! Take action in your community. Download the 2018 International Compost Awareness Week poster and check out how you can take action in your community.

Compost Fun Facts

1.     Food scraps and yard waste currently make up 20 to 30 percent of what we throw away, and should be composted instead. Making compost keeps these materials out of landfills where they take up space and release methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

2.     You can compost in the winter!  (Even if you live somewhere with harsh winters!)  Earth911 has an excellent guide to winter composting.  

3.     Composting can clean contaminated soil.  Composting absorbs odors and treats both volatile and semi volatile organic compounds. It also stops heavy metals from entering waterways or being absorbed into plants by binding them.

4.   Did you know that some birds use compost to incubate their eggs? The Australian Brush-turkey builds piles of decomposing vegetation. The heat from these ‘compost piles’ is used to incubate their eggs so that they won’t have to sit on them! The compost pile maintains the eggs at about 33°C (92°F), 15°C warmer than the surrounding air temperature meaning that many more eggs can be incubated. (Source: Bakashi Living)

5.     Unusual Things You Can Compost:

·         100% cotton balls

·         Used matches

·         Wine corks

·         Pet hair

·         Egg shells

·         Peanut shells

·         Dryer lint

·         Stale bread

·         Old spices

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