42,000 lbs of food scraps diverted from local landfills

COVID-19: Community compost drop-off services are OPEN

The countless tragedies from recent and historical killing of black lives, both locally and across the nation, are painful mirrors of continued intergenerational wounding, fragmenting, and degrading of the lives and communities of black people, indigenous people and people of color in the U.S. Sunshine Community Compost stands in solidarity with those working for a world free from systemic racism, police brutality, discrimination and repression of freedom and opportunity. 

Social, economic and environmental impacts from the degradation of the planet, the climate, the environment, the food system, healthcare and so much more are issues that disproportionately burden black, indigenous and people of color. Safe, healthy, thriving, abundant and opportunity-rich lives and communities for all of these people is justice for the planet. We are listening, learning, and action-oriented towards co-creating systemic change that is better for all people and the planet. 

We'll be sharing more soon through our website and upcoming newsletters about how we can support change and improve transparency through our work.


We met our $7500 Giving Challenge Goal!

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Patterson Foundation


THANK YOU donors!

The 2020 Giving Challenge was presented by The Community Foundation of Sarasota with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation

Community compost sites

re-opened 5/26/2020:

WHEN: Sites re-opened on May 26th, 2020


Note: All participants must weigh scraps if you resume service.

Option 1 - Bring your food scraps to the site at your convenience.  Please participate in community care and wear a mask and maintain physical distance if others arrive while you are there. If you have a scale at home, consider weighing your scraps in advance.

Option 2 - We'll be hosting staffed deposit days through July 3rd, If you'd like assistance from us to deposit your food scraps to reduce contamination or have us wipe buckets down, see the dates listed below when we are onsite. After July 3rd, please email us at if you want to arrange a time because the regular schedule will discontinue due to minimal attendance. THANK YOU!

*Subject to CHANGE - check website for updates

Weds. 5:30-6:30 p.m. - North Water Tower Park
Thurs. 5:30-6:30 p.m. - Arlington Park
Thurs. 7-8 p.m. - Gillespie Park
Fri. 8-9 a.m. - Manatee Square Garden


Thank you for your support!

About Sunshine Community Compost

We are a Florida-based non-profit organization that focuses on creating compost and recovering resources in ways that build community, local capacity and give back to the planet. Our mission is to strengthen community connections and give back to the planet through accessible education and action programs that increase local composting, resource recovery and zero waste efforts. We teach new skills and ideas and rely on strong collaborations to develop our programs. We are able to bring these programs into people's backyards, neighborhood parks, schools, and places of work, and the result is that enormous amounts of formerly perceived "wastes" are diverted from the landfill, re-purposed in meaningful ways or transformed into rich soil amendment that is full of life and nourishment for our soils and our communities.

We work with local residents, schools, college-based student groups, neighborhood associations, local government and small to medium size businesses to create responsive, collaborative and community-engaged solutions to composting and resource recovery.

Since our first pilot program in late 2016, we have diverted nearly 40,000 pounds of material from the landfill (nearly 20 tons) while building local fertility and reducing the impacts of pollution. Together we are stronger and together we are re-valuing and recovering precious resources that will revitalize us All. 

Community composting and local resource recovery are growing movements that help support local self-reliance, urban agriculture, local abundance and reciprocity with the Earth. Learn more from our resources page and by signing up to receive our newsletter. Thank you and happy community composting!


Sunshine Community Compost is mission-focused and is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 


© 2017 All photos by Tracie Troxler