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CompostSite_3.31 _croppedThe City of Cupertino offers free bulk compost to all Cupertino residents at the City’s compost site. The compost is made from residential food scraps and yard waste collected from Cupertino’s organics recycling program. A driver's license or valid California ID is required to verify residency. 

2020 Schedule & Hours of Operation

City Compost Site to Reopen on Friday, May 29 at 8:00 a.m.

The City of Cupertino will be reopening its compost site to residents for free pickup on Friday, May 29 at 8:00 a.m. The compost site will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to noon from May 29 to mid-November.

The City understands that residents are excited to have access to this service again after such a late start. Residents are urged to be patient as there may be a long waiting period first thing in the morning. The City encourages residents to arrive later in the morning. There is plenty of compost at the site, so it is not anticipated to run out.

 New health protocols have been put in place and include:

  • Face coverings and social distancing are required
  • Shovels will not be provided
  • There is no public access to the portable restroom at the site

Please note that the compost site will CLOSE during rainy weather or muddy conditions to comply with State stormwater requirements. The site is also closed on the 4th of July.

To check the status call 408.777.1320 for a recorded message that is updated regularly.


12100 Stevens Canyon Rd across from Stevens Creek Reservoir dam parking lot.

Loading the Compost

Follow directions from the attendant on site regarding parking.

Please bring your own shovel and container/bag and a helper as there are no staff or tools available to help you.

Residents are limited to 15 minutes of shoveling if other cars are waiting.

Compost can be loaded into any of the following:

  • The bed of a resident’s pickup truck (Be sure to bring a tarp that can cover the compost. You could be cited by the California Highway Patrol if you are transporting uncovered loose materials)
  • A heavy tarp spread in the trunk of a car
  • An empty trash can or 5-gallon bucket
Gardening Inspiration and Resources for Low Water Use and Less Toxic Pest Control

Visit the South Bay Green Gardens website for extensive resources:

  • varieties of native plants South Bay Green Gardens
  • landscaping rebates
  • greywater use
  • rainwater capture
  • using mulch
  • pest management
  • choosing the right trees

Not only is the information all in one place, it is vetted by experts in Santa Clara County, specifically the South Bay Green Gardens Subcommittee, part of the Santa Clara County Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission's Technical Advisory Committee. It is also co-sponsored the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, a collaboration of 15 stormwater managing agencies including the City of Cupertino.