The Rancho Las Virgenes Compost Facility located at Lost Hills and Las Virgenes Roads in Calabasas will be shutting down operations for scheduled maintenance that will take several months to complete.
Members of the public who desire a free supply of “Community Compost” from the facility can secure material now for the spring growing season, and help clear out the facility to aid in the maintenance effort, according to officials at the Las Virgenes – Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA).
The popular free compost program will continue to be available Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the existing inventory is depleted.
Built in the early 1990s, Rancho Las Virgenes uses a highly-automated process to convert biosolids removed during the water reclamation process into U.S. EPA graded “Class A – Exceptional Quality” compost that has become a favorite of professional landscapers and home gardeners across the region.
After nearly 20 years of production, some of the machinery and the buildings that house compost production must undergo significant maintenance and upgrades.
“The Las Virgenes – Triunfo JPA welcomes this opportunity for the public to stock up on compost as we approach the spring planting and growing season,” said John R. Mundy, LVMWD‟s general manager. “They‟ll also be helping us by emptying the facility to get the maintenance process underway quickly.”
-- Las Virgenes Municipal Water District