Local Resources

EugeneRecycles.org is filled with great resources and information.

The Master Gardener Program offers compost education demonstrations and printed information from their office at 783 Grant Street in Eugene. They  answer compost questions on their hotline: 541-344-0265.

To See Compost in Action:

GrassRoots Garden

Youth Family Farm

Churchill Community Garden

Local Worm Suppliers





















































Sheet Mulching (Lasagna composting) that is an excellent way to convert grass to vegetable beds.

Trench Composting is another simple alternative to a compost heap. 















Compost at Home 

Reduce waste & pollution, 
grow GREAT soils for HEALTHY gardens. 
Local experts  and venues were used to create teaching videos for the  Recycle 101 Online Certificate Course offered by OSU Professional and Continuing Education platform. Take the full compost course for $20. 

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. It is a satisfying way to turn your fruit, vegetable and yard trimmings into a dark, crumbly, sweet smelling soil conditioner.


  • Saves you money by lowering garbage bills and replacing store-bought soil conditioners.

  • Helps garden and house plants by improving the fertility and health of your soil.

  • Saves water by helping the soil hold moisture and reducing water runoff.

  • Benefits the environment by recycling valuable organic resources and extending the life of our landfill.

Use an open pile, construct a simple bin for grass and leaves, or use an Earth Machine from BRING Recycling. Mix trimmings and leaves with food scraps, keep moist, and let nature do the work.
 Don’t compost meat, bones, fish, dairy products, or grease.

Worm composting turns food scraps and waste into a high quality soil amendment for use on houseplants, vegetable seedlings and flowers. Skinner City Farm has an excellent article about Vermiculture Composting. Keep America Beautiful hosted an informative webinar on school vermicomposting (look for the "Download webinar" link midway down the page) that's useful for beginners and compost experts alike.

Worm Box Composter

Nature's Footprint has agreed to sell Lane County residents a reduced price variation of their best-selling Worm Factory® for $42 plus shipping. 
The Wormcycler is more affordable for smaller households. Its compact size is perfect for garage, kitchen or outside use. To order your discounted bin, visit CreateCompost.com

We recommend selecting the purchase option "without worms" and instead using worms from a Local Worm Suppliers
A 1 or 2-lb supply of worms is all you need --shipped directly to you, it may cost up to $50. Or talk to friends/neighbors who compost, since worms reproduce rapidly in a well managed compost bin, it is possible to harvest the red wigglers and have them multiply in your bin.  

Frequently Asked Questions
Learning  More About Composting in Lane County

Attend a Workshop:

City of Eugene 2016 Compost Workshops  
OSU/Lane County Extension Service Workshops: both Compost and Worm Bin Workshops

Check Out Books at Your Local Library:

Backyard Composting, by Harmonious Technologies
Home Composting Made Easy, by C. Forrest McDowell
Easy Composters You Can Build, by Nick Noves
Composting for Dummies, by Cathy Cromell