Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

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Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch
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Source: Public Works Department

The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department can help residents save money and improve the environment through the Backyard Composting Program. The County offers countywide public workshops to help residents learn how to compost in their own backyard. The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department partners with the City of Santa Barbara, Solvang, and City of Goleta to provide these fun workshops free of charge. Compost Program Specialist Sam Dickinson says, “Food scraps and yard waste in the landfill is one of our largest generators of methane gas. When you compost leftover food scraps and plant materials in your own backyard, you divert organics from landfills and create a nutrient-rich soil amendment that is great for your garden.”

For upcoming workshops in your area, visit www.LessIsMore.org/Workshops .
 
The county also offers composting bins 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
 
Using a green waste recycling bin is another great way to help complete the organics loop. This loop starts when grass, leaves, flowers, and other yard materials are discarded into this bin. These materials are collected and chipped into mulch, which is then distributed to local residents and farmers.  Mulch Program Coordinator Joey Costa says, “The main benefit of mulching is water conservation and nutrient input. Returning this mulch to the soil completes the organics loop, with many positive impacts for any garden.” 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.  For details visit www.LessIsMore.org/Mulch or call (805) 681-4981 in south county and (805) 686-5084 in north county.
 
For more information about the Backyard Composting Program, visit the County’s recycling website, www.LessIsMore.org/Compost or call (805) 882-3618. 

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Luvaduck May 29, 2019 03:12 PM
Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

Is it a fire hazard if close to the house? When I was a kid, I lived where we raked leaves and burned them at the curb. I can imagine entire lawn-areas being a bed of flames. I hope that is not so. Should I ask at a fire station before I commit?

Concerned4Calif Apr 13, 2019 07:41 AM
Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

Is this material compost from the green waste collection or from the water district solids? I have heard that the water sanitation plant material may have heavy metals and pharmaceuticals in it.

a-1561436659 Apr 13, 2019 11:07 PM
Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

Here's a really great article - if you don't care to read about the benefits, scroll down to the topic "Chinese Agriculture" for some fascinating history - not only for China, but how things were dealt with in Europe as well. Actually some pretty interesting stuff... https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/09/recycling-animal-and-human-dung-is-the-key-to-sustainable-farming.html

a-1561436659 Apr 13, 2019 11:08 PM
Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

Here's a really great article - if you don't care to read about the benefits, scroll down to the topic "Chinese Agriculture" for some fascinating history - not only for China, but how things were dealt with in Europe as well. Actually some pretty interesting stuff... https://www.lowtechmagazine.com/2010/09/recycling-animal-and-human-dung-is-the-key-to-sustainable-farming.html

NamasteYogi Apr 12, 2019 08:17 PM
Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

Yes agree. Note to all - all mulch especially free mulch sometimes is not a benefit to your garden. It repels water applied from a hose and the bigger the material the more nitrogen it will require to breakdown and this will be taken from... your soil. I seen many properties with trash mulch and the plants greatly suffer.

Factotum Apr 12, 2019 06:08 PM
Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

The county is trying to poison us? Contact Supervisors Das Williams, Gregg Hart or Joan Hartman and stop this program..

a-1561436659 Apr 12, 2019 04:11 PM
Santa Barbara County Provides Free Mulch

FYI to all, do not use that mulch anywhere near a food garden, you don't know what pesticides and other chemicals are in it.

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