Backyard Composting 

If you have City of Watsonville garbage service, then you qualify for a backyard home composting bin.

Compost conserves water, suppresses weeds, and protects the soil from compaction and erosion. 
The biological process is easy with the help of microorganisms that consume organic material to produce compost that offers many long-term benefits to your plants and soil. 

Turn some of your food waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment at home, potentially save money on your trash bill and support the health of your plants and soil.

 3 easy steps to get your bin and start composting at home

  1. Fill out the application

  2. Attend the 30-minute workshop to learn how to compost

  3. Take home or schedule a delivery for your composting bin


If you have City of Watsonville garbage service, click here to apply. 

Otherwise, you may qualify for the County's Free Composting workshops, click here to learn more.


Free Community Compost ready for Watsonville residents to pickup

Recycled from your green cart food and plant waste.

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Watsonville Waste and Recycling Center

320 Harvest Drive


9am - 2pm Wednesday through Saturday ongoing


½ yard, twice a month limit

Self-loading only

Bring your own containers, shovel, gloves

Mix with soil at home, contains natural fertilizer


Watsonville City residents only

Bring id or bill envelope 

No commercial or landscape resale


Nutrient rich soil for your yard and garden

Reduces need for fertilizers and water

Captures carbon back into Watsonville soils

Reduces methane emissions from landfills

Thank you for using your green organics cart free of plastics to create this rich soil.

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