Four hundred compost bins will be given to Glendale residents beginning Saturday in the city's first trial back-yard composting program.
The program is intended to build public acceptance of composting, which promotes decomposition of leaves, grass and food scraps, said Tom Brady of the city's Integrated Solid Waste Management Section.
At present, the city has programs to recycle yard waste, but not food scraps, which make up about 8% of the volume sent to landfills, Brady said.
John Roulac, author of "Backyard Composting," and Rick Ryan of TreePeople will conduct workshops in composting techniques from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and on Aug. 3 at the Clark Community Center auditorium, 4747 New York Ave.
The bins will be given to the first 400 residents who enroll.