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Rot is a natural part of the composting cycle. You can support this method by composting all organic materials back into the soil rather than a landfill to maintain a circular life cycle.

Quick Composting Facts:

  • Composting work worms is an excellent way to recycle food scraps and paper, among many other organics generated at home. The end-product produced by worms, called worm casting or vermicompost, is perhaps the best amendment available for improving growing conditions in soil.
  • Composting, among many other benefits, offsets greenhouse gas emissions, decreases water pollution, and can help ensure a healthier, more stable food supply. 
  • Food scraps, leaves, grass and other organic discards belong back in the soil, not in a landfill or incinerator.


If you’re new to composting, here are few things we can compost in our own backyards:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps
  • Break, bakery products and pasta
  • Leaves and grass clippings
  • Egg shells
  • Cotton, wool, burlap and leather
  • Paper
  • Tea leaves, tea bags, coffee grounds and filters
  • Plant pruning and weeds. 


Finally, in San Diego County, there are a few services that we recommend when it comes to composting in large amounts. Be sure to give them a call if you have specific questions about what they can take / cannot take:

Solana Center


Compost Group

To learn more, visit our Education Page.

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