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Learn How to Make Compost

Turn your food scraps and yard trimmings into a valuable soil amendment. 

Compost Happens! In Alameda County

StopWaste educator Lori Caldwell visits various composters around Alameda County and the East Bay to see how folks transform food scraps and yard waste into the valuable resource compost used for gardening and growing food.

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