A workshop for Pasadena residents on making the most of compost bins will be offered Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 N. Altadena Drive in Pasadena.
Sponsored by the Pasadena Public Works Department, the free workshop will teach residents how to help decrease landfill waste while generating rich soil for their gardens. Topics include bin assembly, placement, start-up and material collection.
Residents also will be able to purchase high-quality backyard composting bins for $50. Reservations are not necessary for the workshop or bin purchases.
Household compostable materials, including food scraps and yard trimmings, make up 23 percent of the nation's waste stream according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
"Composting slowly and naturally decomposes such items as banana peels and coffee grounds into dark, healthy soil," said Gabriel Silva, the city's recycling coordinator. "Using your compost can negate the need for chemical fertilizers, provide valuable nutrients for plant growth, and help combat pests and plant diseases."
For more information or to purchase a compost bin call (626) 744-7175.