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Compost Bins Available for Thousand Oaks Residents at Subsidized Cost

Composting is the recycling of organic materials back into a useful soil product that can be used in your garden or on potted plants. Composting can save you money and time and can reduce your garden's watering and weeding needs. It also benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extending the life of our landfills.

The Thousand Oaks Public Works Department is dedicated to providing our residents with high quality, cost-effective, practical tools for diverting waste from the landfill.

The City of Thousand Oaks currently offers the “Earth Machine” compost bin to residents of the incorporated City of Thousand Oaks. These bins are high quality, cost-effective and practical with an 80-gallon capacity, measuring 33" in diameter and 33" tall and weighing 20 lbs.

The subsidized cost to City residents is $30.00 (tax included). Limit one compost bin per household.

To order a compost bin from the City of Thousand Oaks, click here for an order form [PDF]. Mail your completed form with a $30 check payable to the City of Thousand Oaks to: City of Thousand Oaks Public Works Department - Compost Bin Offer, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362.

Available to residents of the Thousand Oaks incorporated areas only. Once your check is received, your request will be processed, and the Earth Machine will be delivered to your home by your waste hauler within 2-3 weeks.

For more information about the "Earth Machine" compost bin, visit


Click this link to our Composting page to learn more about composting and watch a video by Dr. Compost, plus there are links to additional resources. You can check out other related topics on this page such as vermicomposting to learn more about how worms can turn food scraps into rich compost, and how to get started by making your own bin. There is also information about grasscycling.

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