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For Immediate Release
April 22, 2015

Chance to Learn Basics of Backyard Composting

Hands-on classes being offered for Marin residents in May and June

San Rafael, CA – On the heels of Earth Day, Marin County residents have a chance to “get all the dirt” on backyard composting at a series of classes offered by Zero Waste Marin.

Hands holding dirt with compost ingredients beneath them

The classes are May 2, May 20 and June 20 in Novato and cost $10. From 10 a.m. to noon, participants will be taught several composting methods to create a soil amendment system at your home.

“The big-picture idea is to reduce waste going to the landfill,” said Kemplen Robbins, a hazardous materials specialists with the Marin County Department of Public Works. “With these classes, you’ll be ready to get started on a suitable system tailored to your particular home and garden needs.”

The classroom portion of the course will cover the basic science behind composting and the soil food web, and the hands-on element will apply that knowledge to the participant’s needs. After completing the course, there will be an option to purchase a SoilSaver Composting Bin or Wriggly Ranch Worm Bin for $25.

Zero Waste Marin, also known as the Marin County Hazardous and Solid Waste Management Joint Powers Authority, was created in 2006 when community members began to wonder if a 100 percent sustainable lifestyle was possible. That led to the creation of the Zero Waste Marin by 2025 initiative. Residents are challenged to single out items that generate the most waste in our landfills and help Marin advance a step closer to eliminating waste by 2025.

The classes will be at the Green Gage Farm, 489 Gage Lane, Novato. Register and learn more at


Steve Devine
Program Manager
Department of Public Works

3501 Civic Center Drive
Suite 304
San Rafael, CA 94913
(415) 473-2711
CRS Dial 711
Email: Steve Devine