42,000 lbs of food scraps diverted from local landfills


COVID-19: Community compost drop-off services re-open with managed drop-off schedule beginning May 26 - details below.


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 are re-opening with modified services beginning 5/26/2020:

Carefully read the information below if you'd like to participate

WHAT: Re-open in a managed way to minimize cross-contamination and optimize community health. 

WHEN: Deposits will be accepted beginning Tues. May 26th with specific guideline and weekly schedule outlined below.

HOW: 2 options to support public health as we re-open

Option 1 - Bring your food scraps to the site at whatever time works for you. You must wear a mask and gloves during the entire process for the time being and maintain physical distance if others arrive while you are there. Please participate in community care and follow this guideline.

Option 2 - If you have any concerns around risk of cross contamination we are also offering scheduled deposit times where staff will be present to do all weighing, handling and any needed wiping down of bins, buckets, etc. We'll guide folks to deposit materials with care and minimal cross contamination while maintaining physical distance between participants.

*Registered program participants can attend ANY of the scheduled times at any of the sites/ dates/ times listed below.

*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

QUESTIONS: Email - info@sunshinecommunitycompost.org

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. 



Tracie Troxler / 650-743-3104


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