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Composting is Nature's way of recycling and decomposing organic matter into a dark, rich soil amendment that provides nutrients to plants and reduces their water requirements.


2018 Composting Workshops

Glendale residents and business owners may attend a workshop and, for a small fee, purchase a backyard compost and/or worm bin. Preregistration is required for all workshops.  Call the Integrated Waste Management Division at (818) 548-3916, or email to preregister.  Be sure to complete an online registration form and provide the name(s) and address for all workshop attendees.compost_recycle


Saturday, March 17: 9:30-11:00 AM*

Saturday, June 9: 10:00-11:00 AM

Saturday, October 13: 9:30-11:00 AM*



Each Glendale household may buy one discounted Soilsaver Classic Composter (and pitchfork) for $35.00 and/or a worm bin for $25.00. Compost bins are only available for purchase on workshop days. 

*County workshops also teach water efficient landscape techniques.


Types of Bins

Two types of bins are available from the City of Glendale. Each bin suits different organic diversion needs. The Soilsaver Classic Composter is best for composting larger amounts of yard trimmings and food waste. The Wriggly Wranch, worm composting bin, is ideal for composting food waste and small amounts of yard debris.



The Soilsaver Classic Composter creates rich compost when organic material is added to the top of the bin. Finished compost is retrieved from the two bottom doors. A pitchfork can be used to mix materials and speed up the decomposition process. Bin air slots allow for the flow of oxygen through the sides. Bin dimensions are 28"Wx28"Dx32"H. Upon attending a compost workshop, SoilSavers are available to Glendale residents at a discounted price of $35 along with a pitchfork for aerating the compost.



The Wriggley Wranch Bin measures 16" x 16" x 20" and weighs approximately 15 pounds. It should be kept indoors. While bedding material comes with the bin, worms are not provided and can be obtained from worm suppliers (usually $12-$35 for one pound, or ask someone with a worm bin for some of their worms). Upon attending a compost workshop, this worm bin is available at a discounted price of $25 along with a list of all local worm suppliers.


Worm bins and soil savers are free to Glendale Teachers for their classrooms.