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Backyard Composting

Backyard composting allows you to recycle your yard clippings and fruit and vegetable scraps into a valuable soil amendment right in your own yard. It is a great way to save money, reduce the amount of waste that is disposed, and improve the quality of your soil. Download our Backyard Composting Guide for more information on proper backyard composting techniques. 

SB 1383 and Backyard Composting

Starting July 1, 2022, in compliance with the statewide mandate, Senate Bill 1383, the City of Sacramento will begin collecting food waste and food-soiled paper from our residential customers along with their yard waste. The organic waste the City collects will be recycled into a nutrient dense compost and provided to local agricultural users. 

Customers who compost in their backyard can continue to compost food waste at home. The City’s program will accept other organics that are not recommended for backyard composting, including clean wood waste, food-soiled paper, eggshells and bones, spoiled food, and certain food wastes that can attract vermin. While these are not recommended for backyard composting, they will be processed for composting by the City’s contractors. SB 1383 requires the City to collect all organics, not just those that can be recycled in backyard composting. As such, these residents will also require organic waste collection services from the City. More information can be found here.

Free Backyard Composting Seminars

Due to COVID-19, our Fall seminars are currently on hiatus but are anticipated to return in 2022. 

  • Seminars are limited to 25 participants and face masks must be worn at all times. Attendees will be spaced out in the garden is designated spots. 
  • Registration is required to attend. Please check the dates and registration links for each session below. Once capacity is reached, registration will be closed.
  • Geobins are not available for purchase at this time.
  • Seminars may be cancelled if unhealthy air quality is forecast on the day of the event. An email will be sent to all registered attendees.  

At the seminar you will learn:

  • How composting works
  • What materials you should and should not compost
  • Getting the right balance of food, air and moisture
  • Maintaining your compost pile
  • Vermicomposting (composting with worms)
  • And more..

The Backyard Composting Seminars are taught in partnership with the City of Sacramento, Community Garden Program, Worm Fancy, and ReSoil Sacramento.

Please contact us at sacrecycle@cityofsacramento.org if you are interested in attending a composting seminar.