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Where to Purchase a Compost Bin and Compost

Published on: 3/3/2015 1:34 PM
Compost Earth Machine 

Compost bins are available for purchase by appointment only at the County of Santa Clara Service Center located at 1555 Berger Dr, Building 2, Suite 300, San Jose, CA 95112. Please call (408) 918-1991 to set up your appointment. Bin sales will not be held on County holidays. Cash or Checks only, please bring exact change.  No credit cards accepted. Please note that we no longer sell worm bins.

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.  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 or call (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.



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

408 268-1694

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

408 313-0444

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


Z-Best Products

30 yard minimum

980 Highway 25

Gilroy CA 95020

408 846-1577


Monterey Mushroom

642 Hale Avenue

Morgan Hill

408 779-4191


Royal Oaks Mushrooms

15480 Watsonville Road

Morgan Hill

408 779-2362


Wheeler Farms

PO Box 19561

Stanford CA 94309

650 424-1896

Feedstock: Horse Manure

Delivery only, 3 yard minimum. $40/yard plus delivery.


SMART Station (Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto residents only)

301 Carl Road, 8 - 5, 7 days a week

Sunnyvale CA 94089

Limited to three, 32 gallon garbage cans per week.  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. Attention: New Compost Limits for Cars (Effective May 1, 2013) 

Cupertino Residents

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


  1. Driver’s license to verify residency
  2. Heavy plastic bags or garbage cans (a limited number of sturdy paper bags are available at the site).
  3. Shovels
  4. A helper (there is no staff to help you at the quarry)
  5.  A tarp and tie-downs to cover the load in your truck bed or protect your car trunk