Compost Workshop Sign-Up
The County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department offers free composting workshops throughout the year except during the summer, open to all residents. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. After you submit your request, you will be notified if you are accepted in the class.
Each Basic Composting Workshop will discuss the principles of composting kitchen and yard wastes using backyard bins and vermicomposting (worm composting) techniques. You will learn how composting can improve your soil and aid in the health of your plants and vegetables. Composting also reduces organic waste going to the landfill and cuts greenhouse gas emissions. Hands-on workshops are led by Certified Master Composters.
Advanced workshops are offered periodically focusing on either vermicomposting or backyard composting. These advanced workshops are open to people with at least some experience in the type of composting to be discussed.
Several of the local jurisdictions offer benefits or discounts on composting equipment to residents who complete a composting workshop. A wealth of composting information and resources is available on the County's composting website at
Your First Name
Your Last Name
Best Phone Number to reach you
Please indicate which workshop you would like to attend in 2020.
Basic Composting Workshops in the Fall of 2020: Please notify me when scheduled
Advanced Composting & Troubleshooting Workshop: Please notify me when scheduled. This is an intensive class on backyard composting techniques for those with some experience
Advanced WORMSHOP: Please notify me when scheduled. This is an intensive class on worm composting techniques for those with some experience
Alternate Workshop Choice (in case your first-choice workshop is full)
Free & Discount Compost Bins
Each city offers some special deals to help you start composting. Please provide your address below so we can give you the correct information corresponding to your residence location.
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Contact the Composting Workshop Program at (831) 824-6484 •
Contact Santa Cruz County Public Works at (831) 454-2160
Form updated 6/20/20
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