Backyard Composting / Green Waste Recycling


Compost is organic matter, such as food scraps and yard waste, that has decomposed to create a nutrient-rich soil amendment. By keeping your organics out of the landfill, you prevent the production and release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. 

Why Compost?

  • Compost improves soil by improving quality, biodiversity, and moisture retention
  • Reduces materials going into your solid waste cart and out of the landfill
  • Relies less on chemical fertilizers to grow your garden











Start Composting Today!

Composting is simple. It can be done at your home, apartment, office, or even classroom. While supplies last, the City of Oceanside in partnership with Agri Service Inc is offering FREE static composting and vermicomposting bins to Oceanside residents and educators to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep organics out of the landfill and support soil health!

The City’s Green Oceanside team is here to help with an array of free resources and technical support:

Video Tutorials and How-To Guides

  • Please note, the City of Oceanside will not be offering free worms to accompany vermicompost bins. Residents are advised to purchase at least one pound of red wriggler or night crawler worms to set up their compost bins from a local or online vendor. 
  • Composting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For a limited time, register here to receive a FREE compost bin delivered directly to your home. Only the first 100 Oceanside residents or educators will receive a free compost bin, so register today!

For your free food scraps kitchen pail, pickup at the El Corazon Compost Facility, operated by Agri Service Inc. Visit to learn about their services and additional resources for Oceanside residents, including but not limited to free compost, mulch and vermicompost tea. 


El Corazon Compost Facility
3210 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside 92056

Monday- Friday, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Need Additional Assistance or Training?

The City’s Green Oceanside team is offering virtual training, including one-on-one assistance to residents to help troubleshoot any issues with their backyard composting bins. Email to sign up for group virtual training opportunities and workshops. 

Residential Curbside Green Waste Recycling Program

For regular green waste recycling service, each resident is provided up to two 96-gallon green waste carts for their yard waste such as grass clippings, leaves, weeds and other prunings. To order an additional green waste cart (fee applies for carts beyond regular service), please call Waste Management at (760) 439-2824

All green waste collected curbside goes to Oceanside’s El Corazon Compost Facility to be processed and composted. The compost is free to Oceanside residents. By recycling our green waste locally, the City minimizes the amount of waste and recyclable material getting transported outside of the City, therefore keeping our solid waste and recycling rates low, and our diversion and recycling rate high. The El Corazon Compost Facility is located at 3210 Oceanside Blvd, Oceanside 92056. Bring a shovel and be prepared to self-haul. For hours of operation, please call (760) 439-9920 or the City of Oceanside (760) 435-4500.

Please help us keep our free compost clean and free of contamination by keeping trash out of the green waste recycling bin.