Free Compost for Berkeley Residents
On the last Saturday of the month, from February through October of each year, the City of Berkeley offers free compost for Berkeley residents, weather permitting. This program is first-come first serve and it opens to the public at 6:30am on Saturday morning. You must hand load the compost yourself. Pick-up trucks must tarp their loads. Please bring your Berkeley ID, shovels, containers and safety gear.
The compost originally comes from the green waste that is collected in the City of Berkeley, which is then brought to a processing plant in the Central Valley where it is converted into a highly aerobic, microbial compost. The compost making process involves the careful mixing of the green waste and monitoring of the carbon to nitrogen ratio, CO2, temperature, and moisture. It can take up to five days to deliver the full amount of compost to the site at the Berkeley Marina. We ask everyone to stay away from the compost area until Saturday morning when the program opens to the public. On rare occasions, bad weather in the Central Valley can halt the loading at the processing plant which cancels the Berkeley program.
The compost giveaway site is located on the east side of Marina Boulevard at the Berkeley Marina, across the street and just south of the Double Tree Hotel at 200 Marina Boulevard, Berkeley, CA 94710. We look forward to seeing you there!
** Warning -Compost contains decaying organic matter that may be harmful if ingested by pets **
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