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County Composting Bins

The County of Santa Barbara offers discounted Earth Machine composting bins to help residents start their home composting efforts.

If you would like to pick up one of these bins, check the location information below.

Composting Video 2016

Click here to watch our one-minute composting video!

While you don't need a composting bin to compost, many people prefer to contain their compost in one. The County offers the Earth Machine backyard composting bin for only $45, which is more than half off the retail price.

The bins are available to Santa Barbara County residents only. Payment may be made by cash, local check, or credit card.  Please note that the County now accepts VISA or Mastercard for payments.

Download our composting flyer here:

Compost Flyer 2017

What is the Earth Machine?

The Earth Machine is an aerobic composting bin. It is a great container to begin composting at home, but keep in mind that it's not a self turning or tumbling style bin. And though worms are welcome in an Earth Machine, it's not an actual worm bin. It does have the following features and benefits:

  • Snaps together with no tools required
  • Round to allow turning the compost from any direction
  • Sliding door is lockable to prevent animal entry
  • Ground screw to attach container to the ground for wind and animal protection
  • Ventilation slots let in air and keep out animals
  • Twist top for vent control
  • Black color retains heat
  • Durable and lightweight plastic

How big is it?

Here are the full specs:

  • Material: ultraviolet resistant recycled polyethylene plastic
  • Weight: 20 pounds
  • Holds: 10 cubic feet or 80 gallons
  • Assembled: 33" high and 34" wide
  • Unassembled (to fit in your car): 18" high x 34" wide
  • Six Pieces: lid, top, bottom, door*, four ground screws*, instruction booklet* (*packaged together).
  • Feedstock: garden and kitchen waste
  • Warranty: 10 years

How do I put it together?

There are excellent directions on assembling your Earth Machine on the Earth Machine website.

Is there a bigger picture?

Yep!

Big Earth Machine Picture

Happy Customers

"We actually bought altogether three 'Earth Machines', and we LOVE the result. We are a household of four. Our landfill trash has been reduced to one (!) plastic bag per week, and we are pretty happy about that. (We put our recycling bin to good use, though.) Thank you for offering this landfill-alternative to the community!" - Elisabeth

Is there anywhere else to purchase Earth Machines?

While all County and City residents are welcome to purchase the Earth Machine, the City of Lompoc also has a discounted sale for City residents only. Please visit the City's website for more info.

What about other composting bins?

You can find out more about where you can purchase other aerobic composting bins on our Retail Compost Bin page. If you're interested in worm composting and buying a worm bin, you can check out our Vermicomposting page. You can also check out how to build your own composting bin in the booklet listed on our Home Composting page.

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