Composting is eco-friendly and saves you money. Yard trimmings and food scraps, taken together, make up a large portion of commercial and residential discarded resources. Composting is one of the most economical and effective methods of recycling these organic materials, and it prevents organic waste from releasing methane, a potent greenhouse gas, in the landfill. Additionally, businesses can save significantly on trash hauling fees by composting instead of throwing food waste away.
If you’re new to composting, or an experienced gardener who just needs a refresher, you can get the dirt on compost here. Don’t forget to check out our upcoming Compost Workshops! Not able to compost yourself? Check out our Food Cycle community composting program.
If you want to really dig deep, become a Master Composter.
- "Compost It Yourself" Guide (See the full resource here, or jump to the section you need below)
- Buy or Borrow Compost Supplies
- Backyard Composting
- Bokashi Step by Step Guide
- Composting with Manure
- Hot Composting
- Yard Trimmings Recycling Guide for San Diego County
The Food Cycle Model
Almost half a million San Diegans live in food-insecure homes, including over 150,000 children. At the same time, 40% of the food in America is thrown away instead of eaten. Feeding people is not a food shortage problem, but a networking and logistics problem. The Food Cycle model works to forge vital connections between farmers, landscapers, restaurants, grocery stores, and food banks.
Visit our main office at 137 N. El Camino Real in Encinitas to see many different types of composting in action!