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Dear Wally,

One of my New Years Resolutions for 2021 is to start composting at home. I am excited to create my own compost for my spring garden while doing something great for the planet. How do I get started?

Resolved to Rot


Dear Resolved,

Congratulations – taking an interest in composting is the first step toward sustainability with organic waste!

“Rot” (composting) is one of the most important of the “R’s” for our planet, along with “Repair” (goods), “Reduce” (trash), “Recycle” (products), and “Reuse” (everything).  Composting your food scraps and plant clippings, and putting the nutrients in compost back into the soil, creates a complete  cycle to feed the earth that grows your food. 

Getting started is easier than ever, because Salinas Valley Recycles is giving you the opportunity to “learn and earn” your own compost bin for free (while supplies last). While the pandemic safety protocols have been in place, we have been unable to hold our hands-on composting workshops at Jardin El Sol, our demonstration garden at the Sun Street facility, so we created videos to give you all the information you need to start composting at home.  Now getting your own compost bin is as easy as 1-2-3:

  • WATCH the videos “Worm Composting” (vermicomposting) and “Basic Backyard Composting” which are offered in English and Spanish;
  • ANSWER a few easy questions that are answered in the videos; when you answer them correctly, you’ll receive a certificate to exchange for your free compost bin (Garden Gourmet Backyard composter or Worm Bin; $49.95 value) at our facility;
  • PLEDGE to compost! Take your bin home and use it.

You’ll have nutrient-rich compost to use in your houseplants or garden within a few months!

Wally doesn’t want to be a spoiler about all the benefits to composting you’ll learn in our videos, but they include greenhouse gas reduction, reducing waste at the curb, enjoying nature and giving back to the earth. It’s also a terrific way to teach kids about science and the cycle of nature, and is a project you can do together.  

Our videos include some troubleshooting tips for common problems, and our supportive team at Salinas Valley Recycles will help answer questions.  Let us know how it goes!

Wally Waste-Not