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For City of Santa Cruz residents only!Compost Bin

Composting is Nature’s Way of Recycling…
With a little help from You!

How the Program Works
The City of Santa Cruz will give you a $40 rebate when you purchase a City approved compost bin or worm bin from either our website or from one of our participating retailers listed below. 

Follow these steps:

Shop On-Line! - Simply go to to find a great selection of compost and worm bins. Follow the directions on screen and make your selection.  Pay the full price at the time of purchase and submit your request for the $40 rebate [PDF].

Or Shop Local!

store logo for compost bins

       The Garden Company Logo  

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 San Lorenzo Garden Center
 235 River St.   
 Santa Cruz, CA 95060

The Garden Company
2218 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

  Soil Solutions 
  138 Fern Street
  Santa Cruz, CA 95060

 Fill out the Home Composting $40 Discount Program form [PDF] from our website. These forms are also available at the participating retail stores. Forms must be filled out completely, including your 11 digit Santa Cruz Municipal Utility Bill Number. Incomplete forms will not receive a rebate.

LeafSend the completed form AND your proof of purchase (receipt) to:

City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department
Home Composting $40 Discount Program
809 Center Street, Room 201
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

You will receive your rebate within 5 to 6 weeks.

Do I Qualify for the Discount?
This program is for City of Santa Cruz residents only. To qualify for the Home Compost $40 Discount Program you must be both a City resident and a City refuse customer. $40 is provided per household only once and the bin is yours to keep!

You must supply your 11 digit Santa Cruz Municipal Utility Bill number for proof of residency and refuse service.

Greenwaste Recovery customers including Live Oak residents are not eligible for this program and should call 800-665-2209 for the County of Santa Cruz compost bin program.

Why Should I Compost?
A significant 49% of our waste stream is made up of food, yard greens and agricultural material. Turn those yard clippings, fall leaves and kitchen greens into a valuable organic material that your plants will just love. Compost both aerates and retains moisture in your soil. Composting also keeps organic material from filling up our landfill. Give backyard composting a try. Not only is composting fun, we have also made it easy for you!

Use Your GreenCycle! Cart and Compost Bin, Too! 
GreenCycle! carts and compost bins have similar functions—they both keep organic material out of the landfill. But there are differences. Your GreenCycle! cart should be used for larger prunings and branches as well as unpainted and untreated lumber. Food or kitchen greens are not permitted in the GreenCycle! cart, so that's where your compost bin comes in. Throw in that old salad, fruit and vegetable peelings or just about anything that is vegetable-based. Compost bins like fruit, leaves, plants, and grass clippings.


I'm Ready to Try Home Composting. Now What? 
Just select the compost or vermicompost bin that fits your needs.  Purchase it from one of our participating merchants. Fill out your rebate form and send it in along with your receipt. Now you’re ready to make some wonderful compost for your garden! 

The $40 discount is good for a one-time purchase only.

For more information call the City of Santa Cruz Public Works Department at 420-5449.


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