Palo Alto Weekly

Cover Story - April 23, 2010

Learning to compost

County programs offer comprehensive workshops on home and worm composting

Santa Clara County's Home Composting Program

Offers Bay-Friendly classes to encourage gardening, integrated pest management and composting. A class will be held Saturday, June 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto. A class called "Let Worms Eat Your Garbage" will be taught at Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, on Aug. 21.

Cost is $20 per class, which includes a Bay-Friendly Gardening book. Pre-registration is necessary. Interested persons can call 408-918-4640 or visit www.reducewaste.org.

The program also offers a DVD for people who don't are unable to take the classes and the Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission has detailed instructions online on how to compost.

The City of Palo Alto Zero Waste program

Offers a voucher for a Biostack compost bin at a reduced price for Palo Alto residents who take the Bay-Friendly "From the Ground Up" workshop. Vouchers are given at the end of the class.

San Mateo County RecycleWorks

Offers free composting classes throughout the county. Information on composting and county programs can be found at www.RecycleWorks.org. Reservations for workshops can be made by calling 888-442-2666 or by e-mailing info@RecycleWorks.org.

Master Composter classes

Both counties offer multi-week, in-depth master composter classes. For more information, residents can contact Sarah Smith at 408-918-4640 in Santa Clara County and Jacqueline Rosine at 650-599-1498 in San Mateo County.

— Sue Dremann

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