Composting

Urban Plantations offers a variety of compost-related assistance, from coaching to building bin systems. Whether you’re a business affected by California Bill AB 1826 “Mandatory Organics Recycling,” or a resident doing your part to help San Diego meet its zero-waste initiative, we can all work together!

Composting is the process of turning food and landscaping scraps into nutrient-rich organic soil matter called “humus.” The idea is to return the nutrients that went into growing plants back to the soil to grow a new generation of plants. This is what sustainability is all about!

Why Compost?

In the gardening world, compost benefits the soil by acting as a premium fertilizer and microbial activator. Compost adds microbes and bacteria that break down soil nutrients into a form plants can digest. It also holds onto these nutrients so they won’t wash away with irrigation. Humus holds most of its weight in water, giving dry California soil a fighting chance in the drought.

High-quality fertilizers at your local nursery can get very expensive, and it is not always clear what has gone into their manufacturing. Many gardeners prefer compost because after initial start-up costs, composting is affordable and allows for complete control of what goes into the humus.

Large-scale composting combats food waste, one of the world’s largest CO2 contributors. Urban Plantations wrote an article on tips for combatting food waste here.

On April 1, 2016, California bill AB 1826 began its first phase of implementation by requiring organic recycling from businesses that generate 8+ cubic yards of organic waste. In 2017, the requirement drops down to 4+ cubic yards of organic waste, encompassing an even larger percentage of businesses. If your business or corporate campus has any kind of landscaping and cafeteria or restaurant on-site, it makes sense to compost!

Our Services

  • Urban Plantations can:
    • Customize your compost to best suit your lifestyle and garden
    • Provide the education you need to begin composting at home
    • Layer and maintain your bins
    • Add organic catalysts needed to maximize efficiency
    • Keep pests in check
    • Keep unpleasant odors at bay
  • Construction and Installation of Compost Bins:
    • Built with sustainable California redwood
    • Comes in sets of three for a total size of 9′ x 3′ x 3′ (each bin 3′ x 3′ x 3′)
    • Sits on earth, no cement pad required
    • Contains 1/2″ wire mesh between bins and along back for essential airflow
    • The front of each bin is divided into three sections that slide in/out for easy access
    • Includes hinged corrugated metal lids with redwood frames and kickstand to keep open