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Ready to try Composting?

Composting is nature's way of recycling.  It turns "organic waste," including food scraps, leaves and grass trimmings, into a valuable organic fertilizer. Composting at home keeps organic waste out of the landfills and produces high-quality organic fertilizers for our gardens and ecosystems.

To help residents compost at home, the City of Carlsbad offers FREE composting workshops and low-cost compost bins to Carlsbad residents. 

Free Composting Workshop

The City of Carlsbad has partnered with reEarth to host a series of high-quality, hands-on composting workshops that are FREE to Carlsbad residents.

To REGISTER for an upcoming workshop and learn how to get low-cost compost bins, please visit: https://www.reearthconsulting.com/carlsbadcomposting.html


Upcoming Workshops

Composting Workshop - October 13

Saturday, October 13, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Harold E. Smerdu Community Gardens

1250 Laguna Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Low Cost Composting Bins

Carlsbad residents may purchase a discounted yard waste bin ($15) or vermicomposting bin ($10) at a subsidized rate ONLINE and pick it up at one of the distribution locations, while supplies last.

To purchase any of the low-cost compost bins, please visit: https://www.reearthconsulting.com/carlsbadcomposting.html.


Carlsbad residents can pick up their discounted bins in the following ways:

  • During one of the Composting Workshops - see schedule and locations above
  • At Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation - Discovery Center - 1580 Cannon Rd., Carlsbad, CA 92008, anytime during their hours of operation, by presenting bin purchase receipts  
  • From the City of Carlsbad’s Composting booth at the Carlsbad State Street Farmers’ Market at 2907 State St., Carlsbad, CA 92008, on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For questions about these programs, please contact the city’s Recycling & Trash staff at 
recycle.trash@carlsbadca.gov or 760-602-4646.