Compost Producers in California: Test Healthy Soil and Compost

Compost Producers in California: Test Healthy Soil and Compost

Why use high-quality compost? Compost provides many benefits to soil, including:
  • Increases water retention and infiltration rate
  • Improves nutrient levels and balances
  • Promotes good soil structure and deeper root growth
  • Adds/attracts beneficial organisms
  • Sequesters carbon and builds resiliency to climate change
 
Navigating Compost Approval Programs
There are three main vetting programs  for compost producers, as seen below:
  1. US Compost Council – A nationwide non-profit that aims to advance compost manufacturing, compost utilization, and organics recycling to benefit its members, society, and the environment.
  2. Association of Compost Producers – California state chapter of the US Compost Council (overlaps with USCC). 
  3. CalRecycle - Conducts compost and mulch outreach in California in association with SB 1383. Approved vendors here are eligible for reimbursement through Zero Foodprint.

 

US Compost Council Members
  1. Agromin OC Oceanside Green Materials Address: 1400 Wilshire Rd, Fallbrook, CA, 92028 Phone: (805) 485-9200
  2. Agromin-Bowles Green Material Composting Address: 13000 Carlucci Rd, Dos Palos, CA, 93620 Phone: (805) 485-9200
  3. Agromin Organics Recycling Address: 6859 Arnold Rd, Oxnard, CA, 93033-8701 Phone: (805) 485-9200
  4. Limoneira/Agromin Ag. Composting Operation Address: 12390 W Telegraph Rd, Santa Paula, CA, 93060-9748 Phone: (805) 485-9200
  5. Aguinaga Green, Inc - Silverado Location Address: 27910 Baker Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA, 92676-9704 Phone: (714) 649-9050
  6. Burrtec Waste Industries - West Valley MRF Address: 13373 Napa St, Fontana, CA, 92335-2930 Phone: (909) 899-0911
  7. Burrtec Waste Industries - Agua Mansa MRF Address: 1830 Agua Mansa Rd, Jurupa Valley, CA, 92509-2404 Phone: (951) 786-0544
  8. Burrtec Waste Industries - Victor Valley Compost Address: 17000 Abbey Ln, Victorville, CA, 92394-1604 Phone: (760) 241-1284
  9. Cal Poly State University - Cal Poly Compost Address: 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA, 93407-9000 Phone: (805) 459-3345
  10. CR&R, Inc. - Rancho Mission Viejo Compost Facility Address: 31641 Ortega Highway, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675 Phone: (714) 826-9049
  11. Diestel Turkey Ranch - Triple J Farms Address: 10330 La Grange Rd., Jamestown, CA, 95327-1234 Phone: (209) 532-4950
  12. Engel & Gray, Inc. - Engel & Gray, Inc., Regional Compost Facility Address: 745 W Betteravia Rd, Santa Maria, CA, 93455-1247 Phone: (805) 925-2771
  13. FCC Environmental - Western Placer Waste Management Authority Address: 3033 Fiddyment Rd, Roseville, CA, 95747-9705 Phone: (530) 925-6991
  14. Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority - Inland Empire Regional Composting Facility Address: 12645 6th St, Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91739-9223 Phone: (909) 993-1500
  15. Keith Day Company, Inc. dba: Gabilan Ag Services - Gabilan Ag Services Address: Po Box 1670, 14201 DEL MONTE BLVD, Marina, CA, 93933 Phone: (831) 771-0126
  16. Kochergen Farms Composting, Inc - Kochergen Farms Composting, Inc Address: 33915 Avenal Cutoff Rd, Kettleman City, CA, 93239-9715 Phone: (559) 498-0900
  17. Las Virgenes Municipal Water District - Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility Address: 3700 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA, 91302-2951 Phone: (818) 251-2330
  18. Napa Recycling & Waste Services - Northern Recycling Compost - Yolo Address: 44090 County Road 28h, Woodland, CA, 95776-9101 Phone: (707) 255-5200
  19. Napa Recycling & Waste Services - Napa Materials Diversion Facility (Napa Recycling & Composting Facility) Address: 820 Levitin Way, American Canyon, CA, 94503-5107 Phone: (707) 255-5200
  20. Organic Recycling Inc. - Plant's Choice, Inc. Address: 1700 Maxwell Rd, Chula Vista, CA, 91911-6156 Phone: (619) 585-9909
  21. QuackenBush Resource Recovery and Compost Facility - QuackenBush Compost Address: 16520 Davis Avenue, Clearlake, CA, 95422 Phone: (707) 200-9317 x217
  22. R&S Soil Products, Inc - R&S Soil Products, Inc Address: 23615 El Toro Rd # X336, Lake Forest, CA, 92630-4707 Phone: (949) 830-8882 x229
  23. Recology Organics - Jepson Prairie Organics Address: 6426 Hay Rd, Vacaville, CA, 95687-9457 Phone: (707) 678-4718
  24. Recology Organics - Blossom Valley Organics - South Address: 6061 N Wheeler Ridge Rd., Lamont, CA, 93241 Phone: (661) 845-4056
  25. Recology Organics - Recology Blossom Valley Organics Address: 3909 Gaffery Rd, Tracy, CA, 95304 Phone: (707) 249-1338
  26. Recology Organics - South Valley Organics Address: 3675 Pacheco Pass Rd, Gilroy, CA, 95020-9534 Phone: (408) 847-4142
  27. Recology Organics - Ostrom Organics Address: 5900 Ostrom Rd, Wheatland, CA, 95692-9458 Phone: (707) 249-1338
  28. Recycled Wood Products/RWP Landscape Materials - RWP Landscape Materials Address: 5365 Walnut Ave, Chino, CA, 91710-2622 Phone: (909) 868-6882 x229
  29. Republic Services - International Disposal Corp of CA, Inc. - Newby Island Compost Facility Address: 1601 Dixon Landing Rd, Milpitas, CA, 95035-8100 Phone: (408) 586-2314
  30. Republic Services - West Contra Costa Sanitary Landfill Compost Facility Address: 1 Parr Blvd, Richmond, CA, 94801-1007 Phone: (510) 970-7243
  31. Republic Services - Forward Inc Address: 9999 S Austin Rd, Manteca, CA, 95336-8924 Phone: (760) 272-1224
  32. SA Organics Recycling - SA Recycling Thousand Palms Address: 29250 Rio Del Sol, Thousand Palms, CA, 92276-2603 Phone: (760) 702-1090
  33. San Pasqual Valley Soils - San Pasqual Valley Soils Address: 16111 Old Milky Way, Escondido, CA, 92027-7102 Phone: (760) 429-4041
  34. Synagro - Nursery Products Address: 14479 Cougar Rd, Helendale, CA, 92342 Phone: (760) 265-5210
  35. Synagro - Central Valley Compost Facility Address: 13757 Harmon Rd, Dos Palos, CA, 93620-9560 Phone: (209) 725-2828
  36. Synagro - South Kern Compost Manufacturing Facility Address: 2653 Santiago Rd, Taft, CA, 93268-3607 Phone: (661) 765-2200
  37. Terra Bella Nursery, Inc. - Terra Bella Nursery, Inc. Address: 302 Hollister St, San Diego, CA, 92154-4700 Phone: (619) 585-1118
  38. Vision Recycling - Vision Benicia Address: 1460 Goodyear Rd, Benicia, CA, 94510-1209 Phone: (510) 429-1300
  39. Vision Recycling - Vision Livermore Address: 30 Greenville Rd, Livermore, CA, 94551-5804 Phone: (510) 429-1300
  40. WM Organics, LLC - WM Central Valley Compost Facility Address: 916 Frewert Rd, Lathrop, CA, 95330-9731 Phone: (209) 982-1381
  41. WM Organics, LLC - WM South Valley Compost Facility Address: 24487 Road 140, Tulare, CA, 93274-9160 Phone: (559) 753-0040
  42. WM Organics, LLC - WM Altamont Compost Facility Address: 10840 Altamont Pass Rd, Livermore, CA, 94551-9722 Phone: (209) 982-1381
  43. WM Organics, LLC - WM EarthCare of Marin Address: 8950 Redwood Hwy, Novato, CA, 94945-1435 Phone: (415) 408-9055
  44. Zanker Road Resource Management - Z-best Composting Address: 980 State Highway 25, Gilroy, CA, 95020-8080 Phone: (408) 846-1346
 
Association of Compost Producers Members
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA AND BAY AREA/SACRAMENTO
North Grab N' Grow Soil Products
  • Location: Santa Rosa, CA 95407
  • Phone: 707-795-1775
North Kellogg Garden Products
  • Locations: Bay/Sac Throughout Northern California and the Bay Area
  • Website: Kellogggarden.com
  • Note: Available at all major garden centers
Republic Services - Bay/Sac 1
  • Location: Milpitas, CA 95035
  • Phone: 408-687-1928
Republic Services - Bay/Sac 2
  • Location: Richmond, CA 94801
  • Phone: 510-262-7531
Republic Services - Bay/Sac 3
  • Location: Manteca, CA 95336
  • Phone: 209-982-4298
Vision Recycling - Bay/Sac 1
  • Location: Fremont, CA 94538
Vision Recycling - Bay/Sac 2
  • Location: Benecia, CA 94510
Engel & Gray, Inc. - CCoast
  • Location: Santa Maria, CA 93456
  • Phone: 805-925-2771
Central Kellogg Garden Products
  • Locations: Central Throughout Central California
  • Website: Kellogggarden.com
  • Note: Available at all major garden centers
Liberty Compost - Central
  • Location: Lost Hills, CA 93249
  • Phone: 661-797-2914
Synagro - Central 1
  • Location: Taft, CA 93268
  • Phone: 661-765-2200
Synagro - Central 2
  • Location: El Nido, CA 95317
  • Phone: 209-725-2828
Tulare Lake Compost - Central
  • Location: Kettleman City, CA 93239
  • Phone: 559-840-4368
Aguinaga Green, Inc. - OC/IE
  • Location: Silverado, CA 92676
  • Phone: 714-649-9050
Beneficial Ag Services - OC/IE
  • Location: Ontario, CA 91761
  • Phone: 909-930-0200
Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. - OC/IE
  • Location: Fontana, CA 92335
  • Phone: 909-899-0911
Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. - OC/IE
  • Location: Riverside, CA 92509
Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc. - OC/IE
  • Location: Coachella, CA 92236
Inland Empire Regional Composting Authority - OC/IE
  • Location: Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
  • Phone: 909-993-1981
Kellogg Garden Products - OC/IE
  • Locations: LA Throughout Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and San Diego, California
  • Website: Kellogggarden.com
  • Note: Available at all major garden centers
San Pasqual Valley Soils - SD/IC
  • Location: Escondido, CA 92027-7105
  • Phone: 760-429-4041
Synagro - OC/IE
  • Location: Helendale, CA 92342
  • Phone: 760-265-5210
Republic Services - SD/IC
  • Location: Chula Vista, CA, 91911
  • Phone: 619-562-0415


CalRecycle Approved Producers
Composting Facility (Altamont Landfill)
Old Durham Wood Inc.
WCCSLF Organic Materials Processing
Pacific Wood Recycling
Gallo Vineyards, Inc Compost Facility
Green Valley Recycling
MidValley Disposal Transfer Recycling St
Compost Solutions, Inc.
Salton City Compost
Main Base Sanitary Landfill, Edwards AFB
Liberty Composting Inc.
Recology Blossom Valley Organics- South
Mt Vernon Ave Recycling & Composting Fac
South Kern Industrial Center Compost Facility
YES California
Kochergen Farms Composting
Tulare Lake Compost
South Lake Resource Recovery and Compost
Pebbly Beach (Avalon) Disposal Site
Griffith Park Composting Facility
Van Norman Chipping and Grinding Fac
North Hills Recycling, Inc.
American Reclamation Chipping and Grinding
WM Earthcare of Marin
Mariposa Co. Composting Facility
Cold Creek Compost, Inc.
Pacific Organic Solutions
El Nido Composting Facility-Synagro West
Johnson Canyon Sanitary Landfill
Monterey Peninsula Landfill
Gabilan Ag Services
Converted Organics of California, LLC
AgroThrive, Inc.
Clover Flat Resource Recovery Park
Upper Valley Disposal Service
City of Napa Material Diversion Facility
Rainbow Transfer/Recycling Company, Inc.
CVT Regional Material Recovery and TS
La Pata Avenue Greenwaste Facility
Tierra Verde Industries EcoCentre
Stanton Green Materials Recycling Facility
Capistrano Greenery
Bee Canyon Greenery
Western Placer Waste Mgmt Authority MRF
Perris Transfer Station and MRF
Robert A Nelson Transfer Station & MRF
Robert A Nelson Transfer Station & MRF
Coachella Valley Compost
Edom Hill Transfer Station
SA Recycling
Lamb Canyon Compost Facility
Edom Hill Compost
Waste Management Recycle America, LLC
Lopez Ag Service, Inc.
Victorville Sanitary Landfill
Barstow Sanitary Landfill
Mid-Valley Sanitary Landfill
Landers Sanitary Landfill
San Timoteo Sanitary Landfill
Heaps Peak Transfer Station
One Stop Landscape Supply Center
Advance Disposal Center for the Environm
West Valley Materials Recovery Facility
Victor Valley MRF & Transfer Station
Victor Valley Regional Composting Facility
Big Bear Transfer Station
Nursery Products Hawes Composting Facility
Otay Landfill
Sycamore Landfill
El Corazon Compost Facility
Inland Pacific R.R. Slaughterhouse Yard
Inland Pacific Resource Recovery LLC
Otay Landfill Composting Operation
Otay Mesa Compost Facility
Miramar Greenery
Forward Resource Recovery Facility
Tracy Material Recovery & T.S.
Clean Planet, Inc.
Central Valley Compost
B. Goodrow, Inc. Composting
South Coast Recycling & Transfer Station
Tajiguas Res Rec Proj & Sanitary LF
Tajiguas Res Rec Proj & Sanitary LF
Engel & Gray Inc
Santa Ynez Valley Recycling & Trans Stat
MarBorg C&D Recycling & Transfer Facility
Health Sanitation Services, Inc.
Z-Best Composting Facility
South Valley Organic Composting Facility
Zanker Road Resource Recovery Operation
Newby Island Compost Facility
City of Santa Cruz Resource Recovery Facility
Buena Vista Drive Sanitary Landfill
City Of Redding Transfer Station/MRF
Jepson Prairie Organics Composting Fac
Potrero Hills Compost Facility
Goodyear Road Compost Facility
Atlas Tree Recycling Facility
Recology Blossom Valley Organics N Hamme
Gilton Resource Recovery Composting Fac.
Modesto Co-Compost Facility
Recology Blossom Valley Organics North (Vernalis)
South Valley Compost Site
WC Wood Industries Company Composting Facility
Pena's Disposal Inc Transfer & MRF
City of Porterville Solid Waste Transfer
Simi Valley Landfill & Recycling Center
Agromin Limoneira Commercial Organics Processing Ops.
Yolo County Central Landfill
Yolo County Central Landfill
Northern Recycling Compost - Zamora
Pacific Wood Recycling Chipping Grinding
Recology Ostrom Organics


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