Want to create compost for your backyard garden? The City’s Recycling and Solid Waste Division can help

Since the City of Sacramento implemented its residential organics recycling program this past July, many Sacramentans have been thinking more about their food waste and what happens to it.

Residents now are required to put food scraps in their green organic waste containers with their yard clippings. But what if they want to turn these materials into compost for their backyard garden? What is the best way to do that?

The City’s Recycling and Solid Waste Division will answer that question and more at one of their upcoming backyard composting and organics recycling seminars.

There are three sessions available this spring:

  • 9-10 a.m. April 29 at Southside Community Garden (Fifth and W streets).
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 29 at Southside Community Garden (Fifth and W streets).
  • 6-7 p.m. May 10 at Blackbird Community Garden (3765 Hovnanian Drive).

“These seminars are for residents who want to learn how to compost in their backyard,” said Jesa David, a spokesperson for Recycling and Solid Waste Division. “They can see the process of decomposition unfold in a local community garden and learn how to recycle leaves, yard clippings, and fruit and vegetable scraps into a valuable soil amendment.”

Attendees will also learn about the City of Sacramento’s organics recycling program and have an opportunity to ask Recycling and Solid Waste staff questions.

The event is free, but registration is required. Please visit facebook.com/SacRecycle to register or email sacrecycle@cityofsacramento.org.

The first 25 registered attendees who complete the seminar are guaranteed a free Geobin composter (one per household, City residents only). There will be a drawing for other giveaways. All attendees will receive a free backyard composting guide. Attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

The seminars are offered with support from the City of Sacramento Community Garden Program and Master Gardeners.

Organics recycling is required for all residential and commercial properties under California State law. Additional information on the seminars, organics recycling and more can be found at SacRecycle.org.