Trash & Recycling


Composting is a natural process where plant parts and other material decomposes with the help of fungi, bacteria, and other microorganisms. Composting material includes weeds, lawn and leaf clippings, thatch, and chip brush. The process results in a rich and crumbly layer of organic matter called compost.

Compost bin with green waste inside, green garden backdropWhy Compost?

  • Soil quality is improved by providing necessary nutrients.
  • Compost enables wet clay soils to drain better and sandy soils to hold more moisture.
  • Organic matter is always handy for garden use.
  • Composting keeps green waste from filling up overburdened landfills.

Composting Workshops

The City of Riverside periodically hosts backyard compositing workshops. For more information, please call (951) 826-5311 or (800) 366-SAVE. To get started right away, bins are available for purchase by contacting the Riverside County Waste Management Department at (951) 486-3200.

Free Backyard Composting Workshops
For a schedule of upcoming workshops please visit the Riverside County Waste Management Department.

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