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Low-cost Compost Bins and Free Mulch

compostbinComposting 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 by reducing your garden's watering and weeding needs. It also benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and carbon back into the soil, and keeps it out of our landfills.

The City can help you to compost easily and cost-effectively through the “Earth Machine” compost bin, which we offer at a subsidized cost of $30.00 (tax included) to all residents within the City of Thousand Oaks. These bins are high quality and practical with an 80-gallon capacity, measuring 33" in diameter and 33" tall, and weighing in at 15 lbs. To order a compost bin from the City of Thousand Oaks, complete this 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, Attn: Sustainability Division Compost Bin Offer, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362. Once your check is received, your request will be processed and the Earth Machine delivered to your home by your waste hauler within 2-3 weeks. This offer is available to residents of incorporated Thousand Oaks only. There is a limit one compost bin per household.

In addition to composting, another landscaping and water-saving technique you can employ in your yard is mulching. Mulch saves water, prevents erosion, moderates soil temperature, suppresses weeds, and looks beautiful. The City provides free mulch that residents can pick up at its main library whenever available. Chipped wood trimmings from City landscape projects are deposited in an enclosure located in the parking lot median between the Thousand Oaks Library and the Goebel Senior Center at 1385 East Janss Road.  This mulch comes from shredding of recent tree trimmings and is available on an ongoing first-come, first-served basis to residents. If the mulch is all gone by the time you arrive, the City will keep replenishing it until our supply is exhausted. Be sure to bring your own shovels and sealable bags or containers and help yourself!

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