Compost Giveaway

Ever wonder what happens to everything you put in your green organic cart at home or work? For residents and businesses in the RethinkWaste service area, that compost is sent to two commercial composting facilities where it goes through a process where it breaks down back into a soil-like product, which we call finished compost. Finished compost is a helpful soil amendment, jam-packed full of nutrients your plants need.

We close the loop by giving this compost back to our community at no cost. Happy gardening! Click one of the below items to find more information about our free compost program.


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Free Compost for Residents

Residents in the RethinkWaste service area can pick up free compost year-round from the Shoreway Environmental Center located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos.

All Transfer Station visitors will be required to use masks/face coverings and observe all local mandated social distancing measures while on site.

Transfer Station hours of operation can be found here. Enter through Gate 1 and follow signs for the Transfer Station. Proof of residency is required in the form of an identification card or a utility bill. No appointment is needed.

Residents can take up to two 50-lb bags of finished compost each week. As of October 2020, there are currently no bags available onsite to use (due to a backorder). Please bring your own bags, buckets, and sacks to collect compost in. Shovels are still available and residents must load the compost themselves.

This service is for residents only, not for commercial use.


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Free Compost for Schools and Community Groups

Schools, gardens and community groups in the RethinkWaste service area can receive a large quantity of compost at no cost, either to be picked-up or delivered. Schools and community groups can pick-up as many as five 50-lb bags from the Shoreway Environmental Center or have between 10-20 cubic yards delivered, per school year.

A representative from your school or community group will need to fill out this School and Community Group Compost Giveaway Flyer and Request Form. Send the completed request form to tours@rethinkwaste.org for approval. Please note, delivery requests require two weeks’ notice.


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Community Giveaway Events

RethinkWaste, Recology San Mateo County and our Member Agencies team up to give away compost in your neighborhood! Residents in participating communities may pick up compost at no cost at select locations while supplies last (amount varies by community). Bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency to pick up your compost.

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November 2019

Menlo Park Compost Giveaway

November 2, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bedwell Bayfront Park, 1600 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025 United States
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For Menlo Park residents only and not for commercial use. Residents may take compost at no charge at select locations as long as supplies last. Residents bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency, and leave with rich compost for their gardens.  

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March 2020

CANCELLED – Foster City Compost Giveaway

Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Boat Park, Bounty Drive & Foster City Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404 United States
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This event has been cancelled. Corner of Foster City Boulevard & Bounty Drive. For Foster City residents only and not for commercial use. Residents may take compost at no charge as long as supplies last. Residents bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency and leave with rich compost for their gardens!

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CANCELLED – Burlingame Compost Giveaway

Saturday, March 21, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Burlingame Parks Yard, 420 Carolan Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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This event has been cancelled. Located at the Parks Yard near the grandstands. For Burlingame residents only and not for commercial use. Residents should bring shovels, gloves, and containers. Proof of residency will be required. Please note that the event will only be available until the time listed or while supplies last.

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April 2020

CANCELLED – Foster City Compost Giveaway

Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Boat Park, Bounty Drive & Foster City Boulevard
Foster City, CA 94404 United States
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This event has now been cancelled. Corner of Foster City Boulevard & Bounty Drive. For Foster City residents only and not for commercial use. Residents may take compost at no charge as long as supplies last. Residents bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency and leave with rich compost for their gardens!

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CANCELLED – Redwood City Compost Giveaway & Spring Cleanup

Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Redwood City Public Works, 1400 Broadway
Redwood City, CA 94063 United States
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This event has now been cancelled. Located in the Redwood City Public Works Parking Lot Compost is for Redwood City residents only and not for commercial use. Residents should bring shovels, gloves, and containers. Proof of residency will be required. Please note that the event will only be available until the time listed or while supplies last.

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CANCELLED – Belmont Compost Giveaway

Saturday, April 18, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Twin Pines Park, 1 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002 United States
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This event has now been cancelled. Located in Twin Pines Park Parking Lot. For Belmont residents only and not for commercial use. Residents should bring shovels, gloves, and containers. Proof of residency will be required. Please note that the event will only be available until the time listed or while supplies last.

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June 2020

NEW DATE – Hillsborough Compost Giveaway

Saturday, June 20, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Hillsborough Town Hall, 1600 Floribunda Avenue
Hillsborough, CA 94010 United States
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Located in Hillsborough Town Hall parking lot. For Hillsborough residents only and not for commercial use. Residents may take compost at no charge as long as supplies last. Residents bring shovels, gloves, containers, and proof of residency and leave with rich compost for their gardens!

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September 2020

CANCELLED – Foster City Compost Giveaway

Saturday, September 12, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
CA United States

This event has been cancelled. Foster City residents can pick up free compost year-round at Shoreway Environmental Center, located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos. Simply go to the scale house (accessible via Gate 1) and show proof of residency.  Residents will be provided with up to two empty paper bags (approx. 3 cubic feet), which can be filled with the free compost. Residents need to be prepared to fill and load the bags themselves. More information here.

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October 2020

CANCELLED – Foster City Compost Giveaway

Saturday, October 10, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

This event has been cancelled. Foster City residents can pick up free compost year-round at Shoreway Environmental Center, located at 333 Shoreway Road in San Carlos. Simply go to the scale house (accessible via Gate 1) and show proof of residency.  Residents will be provided with up to two empty paper bags (approx. 3 cubic feet), which can be filled with the free compost. Residents need to be prepared to fill and load the bags themselves. More information here.

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Burlingame Compost Giveaway

Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Burlingame Parks Yard, 420 Carolan Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010 United States
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Located at the Parks Yard near the grandstands. For Burlingame residents only and not for commercial use. Residents should bring shovels, gloves, and containers. Proof of residency will be required. Please note that the event will only be available until the time listed or while supplies last.

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