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Isla Vista Compost Collective

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The Ocean Friendly Gardens Committee of Isla Vista Surfrider founded Isla Vista Compost Collective (IVCC) in the Fall of 2017. They had a goal of enabling more residents in Isla Vista to compost locally by educating them on how to compost and showing its numerous benefits. In Spring of 2018, IVCC received funding through the Coastal Fund which has allowed the program to expand to where it is today. In Fall of 2019, IVCC serviced 96 houses in Isla Vista and has diverted over 17,000 lbs of food waste from the landfill since their begining. In Winter 2020, the IVCSD officially absorbed IVCC allowing it to continue its composting services and make plans for expanding their services throughout the next academic year.



How it Works:

IVCC provides households with five gallon buckets and composting guidelines.

The buckets are picked up once each week by Dirtriders (indivudals tasked with transporting and sorting the compost) via a bike and cargo trailer. 

The collected food product is first sorted by the Dirtriders. They note the weight of each houses bucket and anything that they composted incorrecly. The products is then dropped off at Estero Park, St. Michael’s University Church, and the University United Methodist's Church in the Isla Vista community. 

At Estero Park, our food product is placed in a bin donated by the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Division of Santa Barbara County and serviced by MarBorg. At St. Michael’s University Church and the University United Methodist's Church, the food product is composted at their local community compost piles.

After composting, clean buckets are returned to the participating households each week. Then, group messages are sent out to every household detailing what was composted incorrectly and how much their compost weighed that week. The house that produced the most compost is the compost competion winner for the week and gets a special shout out on all of IVCC's social media. By composting for 96 houses, we are diverting approximately 1000 lbs. of food product per week from the landfill!

IVCC is made possible by continued support and funding from the Isla Vista Community Relations Committee (IVCRC). For more information please visit For updates on everything IVCC is doing, follow them on Facebook and Instagram

Food on Wheels:

At the end of every quarter IVCC teams up with the UCSB Associated Students Food Bank and the UCSB Associated Students Office of the President to present Food on Wheels. This is a week long event geared towards tackeling food insecurtiy in Isla Vista. Members of each organization take shifts going door to door and asking for non-perishable food donations. These donations are then sorted and given to the AS Food Bank and Food Not Bombs. Check out the video below!



IVCC is so happy to be back and composting for the community this summer! In order to keep employees and participating houses safe and healthy all Dirtriders are equiped with gloves, mask, and proper sanitation during their shifts. To help them out, please leave your buckets out on your porch promptly for an efficent no-contact pick up. 

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