Community, Sustainability

More than 800 households attend Fall 2019 Compost Giveaway

November 26, 2019

On Saturday, October 19 the City of Hayward gave thousands of bags of free compost to more than 800 Hayward households during the City’s popular Compost Giveaway event. It was the eighth event held since beginning in 2015 and is estimated to have been the highest-attended to-date.

Community members lined up as early as 5:45 a.m. at Tennyson High School to receive their four free bags of locally produced WM EarthCareTM Homegrown Compost, offered to Hayward households as part of the City’s contract with Waste Management.

The compost is created in-part from food scraps and yard trimmings collected from Hayward residents and businesses. Providing this locally sourced compost back to residents closes the loop in the organics recycling process as Hayward households reap the rewards of separating food scraps and yard trimmings for composting as opposed to sending them to the landfill.

Many residents came with their families and carpooled with neighbors. All eagerly shared their plans to fertilize their gardens, houseplants, trees, and more with the compost they picked up that morning.

The next Compost Giveaway will be hosted in 2020 -- stay tuned at