Free compost available

Is your soil in need of nutrient replenishment to support your dream garden? You are in luck! There are two ways to get free compost:
  1. Free compost giveaway almost every month
  2. Free compost available daily year-round at the Shoreway Environmental Center
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Shoreway Environmental Center compost pickup

Menlo Park residents are welcome to pick up free compost daily year-round at the Shoreway Environmental Center, located at 333 Shoreway Road (Gate 1) in San Carlos. The center is open weekdays from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. and on weekends from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visitors must wear masks or face coverings and follow San Mateo County's social distancing protocols while on site. 

Proof of residency is required. Residents are allowed two 50-lb bags of compost each week and the limit is two bags per visit. Bags and shovels are provided, but visitors must load the compost themselves.

For more information, please contact the Shoreway Environmental Center.


Temporary suspension of compost giveaway at Bedwell Bayfront Park


Due to the impacts from ongoing and planned construction projects at Bedwell Bayfront Park, which interfere with the safe distribution of compost, the City has temporarily suspended compost deliveries for 2020 until an alternative location is identified.

As part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project, the Ravenswood Ponds Levee Maintenance and Habitat Enhancement project is currently underway and will enhance the habitat environment at the Refuge’s Ravenswood Ponds, on lands south of Bedwell Bayfront Park.

The Bayfront Canal and Atherton Channel Flood Management and Restoration project is anticipated to begin construction late this year or early 2021 and involves installing underground pipes connecting Bayfront Canal to the Ravenswood Ponds to reduce the impact of flooding.