Composting

Why Compost?

By composting we keep organics (landscape trimmings, food scraps, etc.) out of our landfills, and help our cities and county meet the requirements of state mandated waste reduction and recycling laws; AB 939, AB341, and SB1826. Some of the benefits of using compost; it builds healthy soil, helps conserve water and saves money. MRWMD offers several different compost programs to the community; including green waste, food scrap, and home composting

The District has a very successful green waste composting program onsite. Keith Day Company, the onsite compost operator, turns approximately 20,000 tons of yard trimmings, from local landscapes each year into a certified organic compost product. The finished product is available for purchase for your garden and our local farms.

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Food Scrap Composting (Organics to Energy Program)

The Organics to Energy compost program serves commercial customers including restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, and a range of special events. Participation in the program ensures local businesses meet the requirements of AB1826, the state’s new organics recycling law. (Read More) If you are a commercial business and wish to start composting food scraps, please contact your waste and recycling service provider to discuss collection service. Please visit www.organicstoenergy.org  for more information on getting started with a compost program.

The program also accepts compostable packaging (cups, plates, cutlery, bags) that have received  Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certification. This ensures that a product will biodegrade completely, quickly, and safely. For a list of products that carry this certification, please visit BPI’s website.

Please visit the Organics to Energy website for a list of items that are not accepted that are considered contamination.

If you wish to divert food scraps from a special event, it is important to assure that all event vendors use certified compostable products (above) and if bagged, certified compostable bags. If you will be delivering the material yourself (self hauling), bring a completed Food Scrap Compost Guidelines Form (Read More) to submit at the District scales upon delivery. You will then be directed to the food scrap compost receiving area to unload your material.

Special Event Collection Containers for Compost and Recycling

Based upon availability, the District loans to special event collection containers for compostables and recyclables to local organizations within the District’s service area. Complete a request form, and/or contact district staff for additional information on compost collection at your event.

Monterey Regional Waste Management Districts offers free compost workshops and events throughout the year so you can learn the benefits and basics of home composting and green gardening. Check out and register for an upcoming workshop.

Compost & Green Gardening Workshops:

  • Basic Home Composting Workshop
  • Vermicomposting (composting with earthworms)
  • Sheet Mulching Workshop or “Lose your lawn the Bay-Friendly Way”

Compost Bins & Supplies:

Take a workshop and then visit the MRWMD’s Last Chance Mercantile to purchase a home compost bin, and compost supplies.

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Residents may also check with their disposal service company to see if they offer discounted compost bins.

Need more compost then you can produce? You can purchase finished compost and other landscape products, such as wood chips by the “bag” at the Last Chance Mercantile or in large quantities through the MRWMD scales.

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Teachers do you need learning materials, how-to guides, bins or a class presentation on composting? If your school is within the MRWMD service area* contact
the Public Education Coordinator at kherring@mrwmd.org for more information.

*MRWMD Service Area Includes the following jurisdictions:

Moss Landing, Castroville, Marina, Seaside, Del Rey Oaks, Sand City, Monterey, Monterey-Salinas Highway area, Pacific Grove, Pebble Beach, Carmel, Unincorporated Carmel, Carmel Valley, Carmel Highlands, & Big Sur

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Administrative Support:
831-264-6388

Public Education:
831-264-6391

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Monday – Friday
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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