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Getting Started with Worm Composting

"How to set up a worm bin" instruction sheet - DOWNLOAD PDF (1 page, 88 KB)

Steffen Eikenberry tells about his Worm Bin Farm in a Southern Sierran News article:
What's in the plastic tub? It's a worm box -- and here's why every city dweller should have one

Steffen speaks about Worm Bins at God's Green Earth Festival at Venice Beach. 

The Organics Project: City Surveys
All City Surveys - DOWNLOAD PDF (46 pages, 260 KB)

Click each city name below for its report - PDF (2 pages, 57 KB each). 

Los Angeles County Cities

Alhambra Glendora  
Artesia La Canada/Flintridge  
Azusa Long Beach  
Baldwin Park  Los Angeles  
Bradbury Pomona  
Burbank Santa Clarita  
Calabasas Santa Monica  
Commerce Whittier  

Orange County Cities

Fullerton San Clemente  
Huntington Beach San Juan Capistrano  
Irvine Santa Ana  




Treasure dumped in landfills

In most cities in L.A. and Orange counties, yard trimmings are collected curbside separate from garbage and recyclables. That material must be going somewhere other than a stinky landfill, right? Wrong. While some of it may be mulched or composted, the dirty secret is that, despite the care taken by residents and municipalities to keep this so-called “green waste” independent of garbage, much of it is hauled straight to landfills where it is dumped on top of garbage as “landfill cover.”

Print/Share fact sheet with neighbors, friends and family.
DOWNLOAD PDF (2 pages, 2.4 MB)




The Organics Project: Phase One Report

Want to know if your city is a leader or a laggard in responsible waste management practices? The Organics Project Phase One report is the first in-depth look at how cities in Los Angeles and Orange counties manage food scraps and yard trimmings, known in waste parlance as “organics.” This nutrient-rich and carbon-rich resource makes up a whopping 35 percent of everything we throw away. Read the report to find out more about what cities know about organics, what they do about organics, and what their plans are for the future.

DOWNLOAD PDF (16 pages, 2 MB)

PRESS RELEASE - February 26, 2013






Green waste? Organics? Compostable waste?

Your confusion is understandable.  We have a glossary.

Anaerobic Digestion - Biogas - Biomass - Composting - Grasscycling - Mulching - Vermicomposting 

DOWNLOAD PDF (4 pages, 400 KB)





Photos at the top of the page are courtesy of Dean Cleverdon and Ocean View Farms Community Garden