Workshops and Low-Cost Compost Bins
For more information on workshop dates and sales events, unincorporated residents may contact the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation at (760) 436-7986 ext. 222.
Want to learn how to produce a valuable soil amendment from your food scraps and yard waste? Composting workshops and subsidized bin sales are offered in many unincorporated communities and at composting demonstration sites at the Cuyamaca Water Conservation Garden in Rancho San Diego, Deer Park Monastery in unincorporated Escondido, and Crestridge Ecological Reserve in Crest.
Additional Compost Demonstration Areas and Educational Signage can be seen at:
Otay Lakes County Park
Sweetwater Regional Park
Dos Picos County Park
Labyrinth: A Community Garden for Ramona (1010 12th Street, Ramona)
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, Encinitas, CA
Landscaper's Best Practices
Design and maintain commercial and residential landscapes?
To reduce the amount of yard waste you dispose, consult the Sustainable Landscape Practices Guide.
For locations to recycle your green yard debris and woody material or to pick up compost and/or mulch consult the Compost and Mulch Facilities Guide.
Animal Waste Management
Composting is a low cost and efficient way to manage animal manures.
Watch our video to learn how to manage your manure by composting!
Compost modifies the physical soil properties, improving water-holding ability and resistance to compaction. For this reason, compost is more commonly being used as an erosion control material that enhances soil. Compost is made from readily available, inexpensive materials and is gaining ground as an accepted material for erosion control measures in construction projects and roadside landscaping in California whereby road and construction projects degrade and compact soil, causing breakdown of aggregates and loss of structure.
Together, the County Watershed Protection Program and the Recycling Section are working together on an erosion control pilot study at Poway Landfill. The control study is designed to measure the effectiveness of compost socks versus straw waddles in erosion control and slope stabilization over a one year period.
The following web sites offer extended information on using compost as an erosion control measure. Please explore the links to learn more.
California Integrated Waste Management Board Erosion Control Studies
Caltrans Compost Specifications and Workshops
Filtrexx Compost Socks and Other Erosion Control Materials
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