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Upcoming Events
Events on September 12, 2015
Water Conservation Fair
Starts: 10:00 AM
Ends: September 12, 2015 - 2:00 PM
Location: Spring Valley Lake Country Club, 13229 Spring Valley Parkway, Victorville, CA 92395, United States
Description: The Master Composters will be staffing a table at the event.
Events on October 3, 2015
Morongo Basin Master Composter Training
Starts: 8:30 AM
Ends: October 3, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Location: Yucca Valley Community Center, 57090 Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley, CA 92284, United States
Description: The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com for more information or to RSVP.
Events on October 10, 2015
Big Bear Lake Master Composter Training
Starts: 8:30 AM
Ends: October 10, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Location: Big Bear Lake City Hall, 39707 Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, United States
Description: The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com for more information or to RSVP.
Events on October 17, 2015
Barstow Master Composter Training
Starts: 8:30 AM
Ends: October 17, 2015 - 12:30 PM
Location: Desert Discovery Center, 831 Barstow Road, Barstow, CA 92311, United States
Description: The Free training class will teach participants about backyard composting, vermicomposting (composting with worms), grasscycing, recycling, and how to become a Master Composter. Contact Don at 951-265-8699 or MC_Coordinator@dnbvisions.com for more information or to RSVP.
Events on November 7, 2015
Shred Fest
Starts: 8:00 AM
Ends: November 7, 2015 - 12:00 PM
Location: Victor Valley Material Recycling Center, 17000 Abbey Lane, Victorville, CA 92394, United States
Description: High Desert residents are invited to attend the Shred Fest and Mulch Giveaway at the Victor Valley Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located at 17000 Abbey Lane, in Victorville, just off of Stoddard Wells Road—right on the way to the County landfill. All activities are FREE and open to all residents of the High Desert.

Free Shred-Fest: High Desert residents can bring up to four bankers boxes of confidential paper documents to be shredded for free. All Purpose Document Destruction will have a truck on site, so residents can watch their documents get shredded. The free shredding is for paper documents from residents only. No business materials.

Free Mulch and Compost Giveaway: Area residents can pick up free mulch during the event. This is a “self-serve” giveaway, so residents will need to bring their own shovels and containers to load the mulch into. Limit 50 gallons per resident.

Free Drop-off of TVs, Computers, and Appliances: Area residents and businesses can bring TVs, computers, scrap metal, and appliances to drop-off for free at the RECYCLE ALLEY drop off area.

Free Reusable Grocery Bags: The first 300 visitors will receive a free reusable shopping bag. Residents can also visit the MRFs buy back center and redeem CRV bottles and cans for cash.

The Victor Valley MRF serves as the processing center for recyclables from Apple Valley and Victorville's curbside and commercial/business recycling programs. The MRF is also a buy back and drop-off recycling center open to the public and businesses. It is regularly open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

How to Compost

Compost bins can be purchased or home made.There are a number of different ways to compost — some take less time and effort, and some take more. The main things to consider are how much time you have to spend managing the pile, how much green waste your yard generates, and how quickly you want to have finished, usable compost. Here are two common methods.

HOLDING UNITS

THE “NO FUSS” METHOD —

ALSO KNOWN AS “ADD AS YOU GO”

This method uses one pile or bin — as a “holding unit” to contain garden wastes. This is also sometimes called the “static pile” method, because you don’t turn the pile very much.

Holding units, or static piles, are the least labor and least time-consuming way to compost.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Build, or purchase, a bin-approximately three feet square. Or just start a pile.
  • Fill it up, as materials are available.
  • Note: Take care not to add fresh grass clippings in large layers. Let clippings dry first, or mix with other materials.
  • Water pile occasionally
  • When bin is full, start a new pile
  • To finish composting, it helps to remove bin and turn pile
  • Or, just take material from the bottom of the pile

ADVANTAGES:

  • Low maintenance, little turning required
  • Doesn’t take much time or effort
  • Good for lower volumes of material

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Slower method
  • Not good if you have large volumes all year
  • Hard to compost brushy, woody materials
  • Seeds from weeds won’t be sterilized

TURNING UNITS

THE “ACTIVE PILE” METHOD

Turning units are a series of three or more bins that allow garden wastes to be turned on a regular schedule. Turning units are appropriate for gardeners who have a larger volume of materials and/or want to produce compost faster.

HOW IT WORKS

  • Get two or three bins ready. Each bin should be about one cubic yard in size.
  • Fill one bin, layering green materials with brown. Try for 50% green, 50% brown.
  • Water the pile as you add layers. Should be like a damp sponge.
  • Pile will probably heat up. When it cools down-after a few days or a week, turn the pile into an empty bin and water again.
  • Continue turning until pile no longer heats up and materials decomposed.

ADVANTAGES:

  • Good for larger volumes of garden trimmings
  • Produces compost quickly
  • Sterilizes weed seeds and some plant diseases
  • Better for woody materials

DISADVANTAGES:

  • Requires greater amount of time to manage-piles are turned and watered regularly
  • Must accumulate about one cubic yard of material before building pile-in order to get the pile to heat up.