Foster City Announces Free Compost Giveaway Dates 2013
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Free Compost Giveaway Dates for 2013
For Immediate Release: February 28, 2013
Contact: ‘Andra Lorenz, Management Analyst, (650) 286-3215,

Back by popular demand and in appreciation of resident participation in the CartSMART yard trimmings and organics collection program, RethinkWaste and the City of Foster City have teamed up to give away FREE compost.

Free compost events will take place from 8 AM to 5 PM, or as long as supplies last, on the following dates in 2013:

  • March 16

  • April 13

  • September 14

  • October 12

Residents may take up to 1 cubic yard of compost (about six full garbage cans) at no charge from the west corner of Boat Park, which is located at the intersection of Foster City Boulevard and Bounty Drive. Bring shovels, gloves and containers.

In addition to the give-away events listed above, Foster City residents can now get free compost year-round at Shoreway Environmental Center! Residents simply need to go to the scale house (accessible via Gate 1) and show proof of residency in the form of a utility bill or identification card to the attendant. Residents will then be directed to the Transfer Station where they will then be provided with up to two 3-cubic feet empty paper bags for the compost. Residents need to fill and load the bags themselves. Shovels are provided.

Close the recycling loop by participating in the Compost Giveaway. The compost is made from yard trimmings, which are collected at the curb and composted at a local composting facility. Yard trimmings make up more than half of California’s municipal waste.

Composting, nature’s way of recycling, is the controlled decomposition of organic material such as leaves, twigs, grass clippings, and vegetable food scraps. “Compost” is the valuable, nutrient-rich soil product that results from proper composting. The compost is ideally used as an amendment to enrich soil for lawns, gardens, ornamental plants, trees, and potted plants.

Composting helps to keep the high volume of organic material out of local landfills and turns that material into a useful product. Proper management of yard trimmings reduces the nutrient runoff to wetlands and the Bay, thereby promoting better water quality. Additionally, by applying compost to yards, organic resources are put back into the soil, providing a non-chemical alternative to fertilizers.

In addition to curbside yard trimming collection, free home composting workshops are offered at the Foster City Recreation Center. Sign up at the Recreation Center (650 Shell Boulevard) or online at

The South Bayside Waste Management Authority/RethinkWaste is a regional agency, formed in 1982 to help local communities manage and reduce waste. To learn more about SBWMA/RethinkWaste, please visit

City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200