The 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. Download the 2019 Compost Site Flyer.
A driver's license or valid California ID is required to verify residency.
2019 Schedule & Hours of Operation (Weather and Conditions Permitting)
The compost site is scheduled to be open April 12th and 13th after a delay due to muddy conditions. To check the status call 408.777.1320 for a recorded message that is updated regularly.
The site will be open (conditions permitting) through October 26th, 2019 every Friday and Saturday from 8am to 12pm.
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.
12100 Stevens Canyon Rd across from Stevens Creek Reservoir dam parking lot.
Loading the Compost
Follow directions from the attendant on site regarding parking. You may want to bring your own shovel and a helper as there are no staff 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
Visit the South Bay Green Gardens website for extensive resources:
- varieties of native plants
- 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.