For a schedule of workshops and information regarding composting, go to Santa Clara County Integrated Waste Management (SCCIWM), or contact SCCIWM at (408) 918-4640 or the City's Recycling Coordinator at (408) 615-2063.
The County of Santa Clara Master Composter program is a volunteer organization designed to spread the word about backyard composting in Santa Clara County. Composting yard waste and food scraps is the most effective way to reduce waste, and also benefit local soil, water conservation and storm water protection. Residents can become an agent of change in this process by participating in the Master Composter Volunteer training program. There is a materials charge of $50, and participants receive training materials and instruction. Scholarships are available upon request. After graduation, volunteers are required to provide 50 hours of volunteer service in the County. Volunteers provide all types of support including staffing tables at events, starting school programs teaching classes on composting and worm composting, and helping at compost bin sales. Master Composters also get together each month to hear guest speakers and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in joining the Master Composter Volunteer Program or would like more information, go to www.ReduceWaste.org.