Backyard Composting

Don’t toss it, compost it! 

Composting is nature’s own recycling mechanism by taking organic discards and converting them back into valuable nutrients for the soil. Scraps from your kitchen can be turned into a rich, healthy soil amendment and used in your garden. View our composting and vermicomposting guides for what to add and avoid for each style of composting. 


Free Mulch for Residents

Free mulch is also available on a first come basis at Cornucopia Gardens, located just off Telephone Road, across from Kimball Community Park. Using mulch and organic compost are great ways to reduce waste, conserve water, reduce need for application of pesticides or fertilizers and help with pest management. Keep your eyes peeled for our bi-annual composting workshop and mulch-giving events.

Compost Bin Rebate Program

Print out the compost coupon below, or request one from the Environmental Sustainability Division, and present it to Green Thumb Nursery in Ventura to purchase a discounted compost bin (Soil Saver) or vermicompost bin (Wiggly Wranch). Limit one bin per household. City of Ventura residents must show proof of residency.