The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources will host a free backyard composting class and demonstration in Idyllwild on Saturday, July 15. The free “how-to” backyard composting class begins at 10 a.m. at the Idyllwild Nature Center, 25225 Highway 243.

Instead of putting organic waste into the garbage to be hauled to the landfill, learn to compost.

Attend this workshop to learn how to recycle organic resources such as yard trimmings and fruit and vegetable waste into a dark, crumbly, sweet-smelling soil conditioner. Compost can be used to enrich the soil in gardens, lawns and for house plants.

Composting is nature’s way of recycling. It’s a great way to turn waste into a beneficial soil amendment. In composting, organic material is mixed together in a pile or bin, where literally millions of tiny microbes digest the material and turn it into a nutrient-rich soil amendment.

Low-cost compost bins, subsidized by the department, also will be available for purchase. The limit for Riverside County residents is three per household. County residents can purchase compost bins by personal check or Visa/MasterCard (75-cent processing fee applies).

The Riverside County Department of Waste Resources provides this free workshop in an effort to divert waste and help preserve valuable space in the county sanitary landfill. For years, the department has trained volunteer master composters who explain how to create compost easily and efficiently from organic wastes.

Attendance at compost class is free.  Residents who wish to continue use of the Nature Center will need to pay the facility admission fee to enjoy the Nature Center programs after the class.

For more information, contact Riverside County Department of Waste Resources at (951) 486-3200 or visit: