Get your free soil on Sunday

A worker at the Golden Bear transfer station admires the rows fresh compost.

Compost at the Golden Bear transfer station takes about three months to change from yard waste into soil.

Richmond residents are invited to bring buckets, bags, and shovels to haul off some fresh dirt Sunday from a parking lot across from the Main Library. People can take home up to three 15-gallon buckets for free. A total of 33 cubic yards will be available at the compost giveaway in the parking lot at 27th St. and Macdonald Ave.

The nutrient-rich soil is the first round of compost produced by the city. Richmond Sanitary Services started building the compost piles about three months ago, with yard waste and food scraps.

The soil is available between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on October 10th, during the city’s Climate Change Work Party. Proof of Richmond Residency is required to get the dirt.

The composting program is one of several efforts to green the city. In September, Richmond received a California Urban Greening Grant of $225,000 for neighborhood design projects that include tree planting, street lighting, and promoting urban gardens.

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