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Compost Your Pumpkins (and other organics)!

By Sam Dickinson Oct 22, 2018 - Yard Waste
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Turn your old Halloween pumpkins into a nutrient-rich soil amendment by composting them at home. If you need a self-contained compost bin, the County offers them at wholesale prices at three locations:

  • South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station at 4430 Calle Real in Santa Barbara
  • North County Public Works Building at 620 West Foster Road in Orcutt
  • Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station at 4004 Foxen Canyon Road in Los Olivos

Pumpkin and Compost Bin

When you compost, you keep organics out of the landfill, which helps extend the life of the landfill and reduces the generation of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

Your green waste recycling bin is another great way to help complete the organics loop. The loop starts when grass, leaves, flowers, and other yard materials (but no pumpkins please!) are discarded into the green bin. These materials are collected and chipped into mulch, which is then distributed to local residents and farmers.

Residents can get "load your own" mulch for free at the South Coast Recycling and Transfer Station and the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station. See our Mulch Page for details.

You can download our recent press release here, or visit our Home Composting page for more information about composting your organics.