Skip to main content

Isla Vista Compost Collective

May contain: art and graphics


In the Fall of 2017, the Ocean Friendly Gardens Committee of Isla Vista Surfrider founded Isla Vista Compost Collective (IVCC) with the goal of enabling residents in Isla Vista to compost locally. After months of planning and development, IVCC was able to secure funding and began offering residential composting services to ten Isla Vista houses via a bike, cargo trailer, and five-gallon buckets. In Spring of 2018, IVCC received a grant through the Coastal Fund which allowed the program to expand to where it is today. In Winter 2020, the IVCSD officially absorbed IVCC allowing it to continue its composting services and make plans for expanding its services throughout the next academic year. 


How it Works:

Isla Vista Compost Collective (IVCC) provides a free food scrap pick-up service via electric bike to over 130 Isla Vista households.

IVCC provides households with five-gallon buckets and composting guidelines. The buckets are picked up once a week by Dirtriders (individuals tasked with transporting and sorting the compost) via an electric bike and cargo trailer. The collected food is product is sorted by the Dirtriders. They note the weight of each house's bucket and anything that they composted incorrectly. 

The products are then dropped off at St. Michael’s University Church and the University United Methodist's Church in the Isla Vista community. The food product is composted at their local community compost piles and used for their community gardens.

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 competition 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!

Are you thinking of hosting an event and you want to remain sustainable? Sign up here!

Community food-scrap drop off locations:

  • St. Michaels University Church 
  • United Methodist Church 
  • Isla Vista Food-Co-op

You can follow IVCC on Instagram @ivcompostcollective or Facebook at Isla Vista Compost Collective to stay up to date on all the incredible work the IVCC team is doing.


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 tackling food insecurity 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!


COVID-19 Updates: 

In order to keep employees and participating houses safe and healthy, all Dirtriders are equipped with masks and practice proper sanitation during their shifts. To help them out, please leave your buckets out on your porch promptly for an efficient no-contact pickup.

May contain: person, human, plant, and outdoors