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Composting is a natural process of recycling leading to decomposition of organic matter such as fruit and vegetable wastes, grass clippings, and leaves into a useful product for your landscape or garden.


Periodic composting workshops are sponsored by the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works, which also sells composting bins. Refer to their Smart Gardening website for schedules of local workshops and information on backyard composting, worm composting, grass recycling, water-wise and fire-wise gardening.


  • Compost, high in nitrogen-based nutrients, can be used in flower beds, gardens or lawns to upgrade the soil - and because it is highly absorbent you can use less water.
  • Food and paper are the two largest contributors to landfill, and make up more than half of all landfill waste – more than all plastics, diapers, Styrofoam and tires, combined. [source: United States Environmental Protection Agency].
  • Food is the number 1 least recycled material [source: United States Environmental Protection Agency].
  • Composting can reduce homeowner trash at the curb by 25 to 40%.
  • Compost materials are free and readily available in comparison to commercial fertilizers and other gardening products on the market.
  • Composting is organic and does not involve chemicals, huge amounts of power, or the use of diesel trucks for transport (as do other types of recycling). Since it is organic it is not a chemical fertilizer which can contaminate drinking water and kill fish, frogs, and other animals.
  • High-temperature composting can kill weed seeds, insect pests and disease-causing bacteria, and reduces the odors associated with animal manure. Compost loosens up clay soils so air and water can penetrate and helps sandy soils retain water and nutrients.
  • Compost is known to suppress various root diseases in crops and can help them better tolerate an insect attack.
  • Food and paper are biodegradable in nature but not in landfills, due to lack of oxygen being buried deep and saturated with water. Landfills “embalm” food and paper for many years. The only real decomposition is anaerobic (lacking oxygen) which produces harmful methane greenhouse gas.


New Ballot Format

MeasureAL is the only local item on your ballot. Please make sure to find the local section of your ballot and participate.


An innovative voter-centered approach to voting for Los Angeles County begins in 2020. In March 2020, the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters will be experimenting with a new ballot format and voting system – Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) where new voting technology will be implemented and City-related elections and ballot measures appear in a different place on your ballot.  

Voting Solutions for All People (VSAP) was developed by the Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) in 2009 to address an aging voting system and an increasingly large and complex electorate. The project seeks a collaborative approach to voting system design that will put voters at the center and maximize stakeholder participation. Through field research and coalition building, the RR/CC has pioneered a voter-centered approach to voting system design and development.

The entire ballot format and voting system will look different, and the City of Alhambra wants to make sure our voters understand these changes and can fully participate in the election. To get more information or to experience the new format, visit: the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters at .

Changes in State Voter Registration Laws

Exciting news! Due to recent changes in California voter registration laws, eligible Alhambra residents now have more time to register to vote and participate in the upcoming March 3 Municipal Election!  

If you’ve recently moved and need to re-register, or are registering to vote for the first time, you can register to vote on the same day of the election by visiting any voting center in Los Angeles County.  For more information, visit the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters:

Learn More About Voting Solutions for All People Project

Explore the New Voting Experience at a VSAP Demo Center

Attend a Public Hearing and/or Provide Input on the County's Election Administration Plan

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