County Provides Free Mulch for Your Garden and Expert Help to Get You Composting in Your Own Backyard

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department can help residents save money and help the environment through the Backyard Composting Program. In April, the county will offer three public workshops in Santa Barbara and Isla Vista to help residents learn how to compost in their own backyard. Compost Program Specialist Sam Dickinson says, “Food scraps and yard waste in the landfill is one of our largest generators of methane gas. When you compost leftover food scraps and plant materials in your own backyard you divert organics from landfills and create a nutrient-rich soil amendment that is great for your garden.” The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department partners with the City of Santa Barbara and City of Goleta to provide these fun workshops free of charge.

 Santa Barbara Workshop: Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

SBCC’s Life Scape Garden, East Campus entrance, past the stadium, Santa Barbara

 Isla Vista Workshop: Saturday, April 15 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Isla Vista Food Co-op, 6575 Seville Road, Santa Barbara

 Santa Barbara Workshop: Thursday, April 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

SBCC Earth Day Event: SBCC West Campus, 721 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara

The county also offers composting bins at wholesale prices at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara.

Using a green waste recycling bin is another great way to help complete the organics loop. This loop starts when grass, leaves, flowers, and other yard materials are discarded into this bin. These materials are collected and chipped into mulch, which is then distributed to local residents and farmers. Mulch Program Coordinator Joey Costa says, “The main benefit of mulching is water conservation and nutrient input. Returning this mulch to the soil completes

the organics loop, with many positive impacts for any garden.” Residents can get “load your own” mulch for free at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station. For details visit or call 681-4981.

For more information about the Backyard Composting Program, visit the County’s recycling website, or call 882-3618.

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