Compost bins are available for purchase on Mondays ONLY from 8:30 AM-11:30 AM and 1:30 PM-4 PM at the County of Santa Clara Service Center located at 1553 Berger Drive, Building 1, San Jose, CA 95112. Bin sales will not be held on County holidays, a list of which can be found here.
Take 101 to Oakland Road, North on Oakland Road, cross Gish Road and turn left on Berger Drive. Then proceed to the second floor receptionist and ask for Home Composting. Cash or Checks only, please bring exact change. No credit cards accepted.
A compost bin can help you recycle your yard trimmings and kitchen scraps at home. The Home Composting Education Program has a limited quantity of Earth Machine home composting bins for purchase at only $55.00 each (tax included) Earth Machine on the left.
The bin is made of high density polyethylene with UV stabilizers, made with 50% recycled materials. The Earth Machine will fit into an automobile for easy transportation; the Earth Machine comes packaged in two halves (no corrugated cardboard packaging) which nest inside each other. There is a 10-year manufacturer's warranty. For warranty claims and information, please go to http://www.earthmachine.com/contact.php or call 1-800-999-8683.
The Earth Machine is 33" x 33" when assembled and weighs 15 pounds. It features an easy, snap-together assembly, enclosed design, locking lid, and a sliding door to make it easy to harvest finished compost.
Compost accessories available for sale include the WingDigger compost aerator for $15, the no wait compost thermometer for $25 and the kitchen counter food scrap container for $15. We also sell worm bins for $13. Click here to download a PDF of the $13.00 worm bin.
Sources for Finished Compost in Santa Clara County
Note: When self-hauling compost be sure to use a heavy tarp to “Cover your load”.
Allied Waste - Newby Island Compost Facility
1601 Dixon Landing Road
Milpitas CA 95035
For Compost sales call 408 262-1401 and select option 1 - Material Recovery Facility
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 -4:00. Minimum order is 2 yards
Small orders (1 yard) Saturday sales 8-11. Cost is $25 a yard.
Feedstock used: yard trimmings, kiln dried lumber (pallets)
Note: wear a hat to protect head from seagull droppings.
Guadalupe Landfill “Valley’s Pride” Compost
15999 Guadalupe Mines Road
San Jose CA 95120
Hours: Monday – Friday 8-4:30
Feedstock used: yard trimmings, stable manures, redwood grindings
Delivery available. Self-haul price $20/yard, bags available for small quantities.
Zanker Road Resource Management
705 Los Esteros Road
San Jose CA 95134
Hours: Monday – Friday 7:00-5:00 Sat/Sun 8:00 -3:00
Self-haul price $14 cubic yard, order minimum 2 yards.
Feedstock: yard trimmings
30 yard minimum
980 Highway 25
Gilroy CA 95020
642 Hale Avenue
Royal Oaks Mushrooms
15480 Watsonville Road
PO Box 19561
Stanford CA 94309
Feedstock: Horse Manure
Delivery only, 3 yard minimum. $40/yard plus delivery.
SMART Station (Sunnyvale, Mountain View and Palo Alto residents only)
301 Carl Road, 8 - 5, 7 days a week
Sunnyvale Ca 94089
Limited to three, 32 gallon garbage cans for trucks, trailers and SUVs. No quantity limits for cars. All vehicles are limited to collecting compost once per week and an I.D. must be presented. Material is not always available, call (408) 752-8530 to make sure product is available.
Unlimited free bulk compost Friday and Saturday mornings from 8:30 – 11:00AM at Stevens Creek Quarry, Steven’s Canyon Road across from the Steven’s Creek Reservoir dam. The site is open typically the last weekend in March through the 4th weekend in October. The site may be closed during that time due to rainy weather or muddy conditions.
Feedstock: yard trimmings
- Driver’s license to verify residency
- Heavy plastic bags or garbage cans (a limited number of sturdy paper bags are available at the site).
- A helper (there is no staff to help you at the quarry)
- A tarp and tie-downs to cover the load in your truck bed or protect your car trunk