From April through October, Vacaville residents can pick up compost at the landfill for free (weather permitting and subject to availability)!
Each resident is allowed one truckload per day (approximately three cubic yards). Residents must load their own compost, so don't forget your shovel and tarp! It's a good idea to call the landfill (707-678-4718) before you drive to it to ensure compost is ready and available.
The following step-by-step photos show how Recology Hay Road turns thousands of pounds of our fruit and vegetable scraps, lawn clippings, tree trimmings and other green waste into rich, useful compost.
First the Vacaville trucks or self-haul customers are weighed at the landfill gate and directed to the yard waste tipping area. After the material is tipped, it is ground into smaller pieces to enable the composting process to occur more rapidly.
Next, the ground material is bagged for processing.
The material decomposes in the bag for 60 days.
Then the bag is opened and the contents are turned about once a week for 30 days as they cure.
After the 30 day curing period, the material is screened to remove any contamination or oversized material. You should be able to see the "good compost" to the right of the machine.
Once the compost is sorted, it's ready to be distributed to the public.
Recology Hay Road Info
Hours of Operation: Open Daily, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Corner of Hay Road and Hwy. 113 east of Vacaville (see map for details)