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Backyard Composting


About Backyard Composting

Green waste from your yard and garden accounts for approximately 25% of the material being hauled from your home each week. By composting, you can improve your soil for a more productive vegetable or flower garden, and help your community at the same time.

Free Home Composting Workshops & Bin Sales

What We Can Do For You!

Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD) develops and implements effective and cost-effective source reduction, recycling, and re-use programs and policies. SRCRD provides technical assistance to City Departments, private sector businesses, multi-family complexes, and the community. The office fosters public/private recycling partnerships and helps to promote new markets for recyclable materials.

Residents can learn about backyard composting, worm composting, types of compost bins, grasscycling, and other smart gardening techniques at the City's free backyard composting workshops. In addition to the workshops, special discounted compost bin sales events are held throughout the year.

There is a Workshop and Bin Sale Schedule available for the current year.

Who do You Call?

Department of Public Works, Bureau of Sanitation
Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD)
(213) 485-2260

What we Need From You!

Please provide the following information at the workshop:

  • Your Name
  • Complete Address (verified with CA driver's license or DWP bill)
  • How you heard about the workshop

The Process

  • Call 1-800-773-CITY (2489) for the date, time and location of the next free backyard composting workshop or compost bin sales event.
  • Payment for composting bins is by cash or check only.

How Long Will it Take?

Workshops last 40-60 minutes.

Who Can You Talk To?

To Contact the...
Department of Public Works,
Bureau of Sanitation,
Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD)

Address for Mail Inquiries:

Bureau of Sanitation
Solid Resources Citywide Recycling Division (SRCRD)
1149 S. Broadway St., Los Angeles 90015-2213

Phone Numbers and Titles of Contact Persons for Further Information:

Service Request Line
1-800-773-CITY (2489)
Or, the Composting Events Coordinator
(213) 485-2260, telephone
(213) 485-3671, fax


Composting Bin Sales Event

2nd Friday of the Month

Reasonably-priced composting bins for sale to City Of Los Angeles residents only.

FREE Composting Workshop and Bin Sales

4th Saturday of the Month

Learn how to turn your lawn and yard trimmings into a beneficial soil amendment.




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Service Request Hotline-
General Sanitation Information

1-800-773-CITY (2489)