Step Up Your Recycling Efforts: Composting, It’s Easier Than You Think!

Today’s post comes from ILACSD’s Hotline Assistant, Barbara Lopez!

So you’ve mastered the basics of recycling, but you’d like to further decrease your impact on our local landfills and the environment. Composting is a great way to cut down on the amount of food waste and green waste (grass clippings, plant trimmings, leaves, etc.) that you throw out each month. The EPA estimates that about 27% of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream is made up of food and yard wastes, but much of it can actually be diverted from the landfill and composted instead.

Composting is the process of decomposing organic material into a humus-like substance by microorganisms, like bacteria and fungi, and macroorganisms, like worms and insects. The benefits of composting go beyond saving landfill space. Composting benefits your garden by improving soil texture and nutrient levels and saves water by increasing the water holding capacity of soil. The best thing about composting is that anyone can do it, whether you live in a home or an apartment.

For those of you interested in composting at home, there are several composting workshops held year-round throughout San Diego County. Attending these workshops, which are taught by Master Composters, is a great way to learn about the basics of composting. The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation holds composting workshops at various locations throughout San Diego, typically on Saturday mornings. Also, composting workshops are held at the Escondido Community Garden and the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista.

El Corazon Compost Facility in Oceanside

As the leaves begin to fall during the autumn months you may find that your yard is producing more green waste than your compost bin can handle. Both the Miramar Greenery and El Corazon Compost Facility in Oceanside will accept yard waste to make into compost that is then available for purchase. Both facilities accept branches, grass, and leaves that are used to produce high quality compost. In fact, since its inception in 1995, El Corazon Compost Facility has processed over 1 million tons of green waste into compost.

To learn more about these composting locations visit our one stop recycling resource, WasteFreeSD.org.

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10 Responses to “Step Up Your Recycling Efforts: Composting, It’s Easier Than You Think!”


  1. 1 Tow Joe February 6, 2013 at 11:24 am

    There is a major clean up going on next to the River bottom on Main Street off FW 805 in Chula Vista. Many years ago at the curve in main street there was a wood recycling facility operating. They closed down and left a tremendous layer of recycled chiped wood waste on the property about 30 feet deep. They are currently digging all that out and hauling it someplace to dump. They may give some away if you go there in your pick up truck.

  2. 2 Tow Joe February 6, 2013 at 11:44 am

    I am a Disabled Vietnam Veteran and a one man tow operator and I can pick up abandoned and junk vehicles at no cost to the property owners, or residents. I also pick up and recycle metal of any kind, including old appliances.
    As I am disabled the caller will have to help my assistant load these items on my truck or trailer.
    If anyone reading this would like me to take away any vehicles or scrap metal,
    I will DONATE a portion or the proceeds to any organization of your choice.
    I have a small tow truck, a small dump truck, and a 18′ tilt car trailer to haul anything away.
    I also will haul away motor homes, RV’s, trailers as well as Boats up to 20′, with or without a trailer.
    I also will take down your old rusted and falling apart metal sheds from your back yard.
    For these however I will need to charge a small feel, as I take them to a recycling facility in the South Bay that removes all the Recyclable items from them and chips and grinds up the remainder, and they charge me to drop them off.
    I can station my truck and trailer at any RECYCLING EVENT for people to drop off any Scrap metal and metal appliances, vehicle batteries and so on. Contact me to help with any events like this.


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