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Sonoma Compost Slated To Close: Note From The Owners
Dear Friends of Compost,
We are sad to report that as of October 15, the current Sonoma Compost operation will be completely shut down. The reasons are complex, and the easy answer is that a few NIMBY neighbors saw an opportunity to reduce activity at the landfill near their homes, and leapt at an opportunity to shut down our compost operation. Although solutions were possible, the roadblocks became insurmountable and cost-prohibitive.
We continue to accept yard and wood debris dropped off by the public until September 1.
Sonoma Compost is hopeful that a new compost site can be developed in the next several years, and that quality soil amendments will be produced again, right here in Sonoma County where we need them. In the meantime, please remember to “keep your green clean”!
Please help us stay in touch with you. You can sign the Save Sonoma Compost petition started by the Farmer Guild, and visit (like and share!) our Save Sonoma Compost FaceBook page, or check our website for periodic updates.
Yes, we are still selling compost, and expect to be doing so through September. Get your orders in soon. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.
Yes, all yard debris will continue to be collected as it is now. If you use a green can at home, or if you bring it directly to the facility, you will continue to do so. All material delivered to the Central Landfill and the Transfer Stations around the County will be consolidated and sent out-of-county to several Bay Area facilities for processing.
Yes, you will see the tipping fees and your garbage bill increase. As part of the new County agreement with Republic Services, there are additional fees on yard debris (and garbage). In addition, users will also see a second rate increase to cover the cost of out-hauling our yard debris resource.
We at Sonoma Compost have had the great privilege to serve you, our farming, landscaping and gardening community since 1993. We are proud of the good work we have done to take what was once a waste product, and to turn it into a resource needed and loved by you, our friends and neighbors.
Alan and Will
The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board has communicated clearly that they desire the facility to remain open. See their letter here.
Keep this topic alive. While a small group of Sonoma Compost Co's neighbors have been successful in their lawsuit to shut down local composting in Sonoma County, we can't afford to sit back. Not only did our County lose a valuable resource, but hundreds of tons of yard debris will be trucked daily to multiple facilities out of the county. We need to bring these organics back to Sonoma County as soon as possible.
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Vegetative food scraps are now being collected in the city of Sonoma. The video below, produced for Sonoma Compost by Ariana Victor, provides step by step instructions how to set-up a successful food scrap recycling program.
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To check what materials are accepted at our site, or which ones are not, please see the Organic Recycling Guide. Sonoma Compost does not accept compostable plastic products. Read our Pitfalls to Compostable Plastics document.
Our soil products are used by Sonoma County’s most prestigious grape growers, organic farmers, backyard gardeners and professional landscapers. We also sell good quality recycled lumber and firewood at very affordable prices.
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Sonoma Compost Produces Biodynamic Composts
Sonoma Compost produces two Biodynamic Composts: Sonoma Biodynamic Compost (for vines, trees and native plants) and Biodynamic Hi-Test Compost (for hi-nitrogen loving crops such as vegetables. Next batch will be available in July). Sonoma Compost Biodynamic Composts were developed with the assistance of experts from the Josephine Porter Institute of Applied Biodynamics and the Biodynamic Association of Northern California using the Demeter® Association’s Commercial Composting Standard as a guideline. The Demeter certification program was the first ecological label for organically produced foods.
Sonoma Compost Biodynamic Composts are created using the same process used to produce our other trusted composts. These specialty products are lab tested and listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production and are Demeter Certified for use in Biodynamic vineyards, farms, market, and home gardens. For more detailed information see our Biodynamic Compost Information.
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