Compost-A-Thon - May 2-8, 2021
A Local Event Hosted During International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW)
How many people and partners can we get involved to divert precious food scrap resources from the landfill in just one week's time?
Join us to celebrate all things community, composting and soil regeneration while helping to raise funds for education, outreach, volunteer and work trade programs.
Compost-A-Thon is our local event in honor of the International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), recognized by the Composting Research and Education Foundation and the U.S. Composting Council and hosted May 2-8, 2021.
Registering for Compost-A-Thon simply means you agree to collect your food scraps during a one-week community food scrap collection effort and have your scraps be counted toward our grand total, end of the week, food scrap waste diversion tally.
You can deposit your food scraps at our designated, staffed, food scrap drop-off sites or you can drop them in your own backyard composting bin - and get some of your friends or community involved to bring food scraps to you.
This is a great time to try out food scrap separation and composting if you haven't tried composting yet. If you already compost, it's a great time to measure your impact and weigh, record and be counted as part of a bigger community education and action effort.
Here's How it Works
1. Register to participate so we know how many deposits to plan for
2. Receive FAQs, instructions, videos and tools delivered to your email inbox
3. Collect appropriate food scraps during the May 2-8 designated collection week.
4. Deposit food scraps at your selected food scrap drop-off site at the end of the week
(organizational partners and businesses can arrange with us to have scraps picked up)
5. Scraps will be weighed and recorded, added to the grand total community tally.
6. Total impact will be shared, celebrated and prizes given away at the end of the week on a live virtual event, honoring our collective efforts
7. Enjoy virtual panel discussions, volunteer activity and educational posts throughout the week in honor of this years theme: Eat, Grow, COMPOST, Repeat
Join a panel discussion instead
Fri., May 7
Limited number of early-bird food-scrap deposit stations open
Click on the bold event name for details and to register for a panel or activity
Sun., May 2
Virtual Event Opening 10-11a.m.
First day of food scrap collection begins today
Mon., May 3
UF IFAS Manatee Virtual Composting Class - 10:30 a.m.
Release: Youth video of Visible Men Academy's school compost program 11a.m.
Growing the Future 12-1p.m. (virtual panel discussion)
Tues., May 4
Creative & Community-Engaged Programs for Reducing Wasted Food & Recovery 12-1p.m. (virtual panel discussion)
Weds., May 5
Solution-Oriented Composting Initiatives & Applications 12-1p.m. (virtual panel discussion)
Thur., May 6
Hands-On Learning Opportunities: Composting in Practice 5:30-7:30p.m. (in-person volunteer composting practice in action)
Sat., May 8
Last day for food scrap collections and deposit - deposit scraps at your site (All food scrap deposit stations are open based on schedule)
Confirmed Food Scrap Drop-Off Sites for Compost-A-Thon
Want to host a pop-up drop-off site?
Email: for details.
MASKS ARE A MUST FOR ALL DROP-OFF SITES
WSLR/ Fogartyville (veganic option)
Florida House/ Southface
Orange Blossom Community Garden
Sarasota IFAS/ Extension - Twin Lakes/Clark Rd
North Water Tower Park
The Bazaar on Lime
Sarasota Farmers Market
Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast (Osprey)
Manatee Square Garden
Operation Eco Vets (Manatee/SRQ border)
Palma Sola Botanical Garden (pending)
PARTICIPATING GROUPS & ORGANIZATIONS (Not for public drop-off)
Leaf and Lentil
The Center Anna Maria Island
Visible Men Academy
Village of the Arts
Home Composters - WE WANT YOU!
Home composters, you are encouraged to register to participate AND ask your friends, family and colleagues to contribute food scraps to your backyard compost bins as part of this effort. Simply indicate on the registration that you want to host a Home Composting Hub Site.
Any home composter that registers for the event and recruits atleast 2 other households to deposit their food scraps in your bin during the event will be entered into a raffle to receive a prize. Home composters that sign up to host will receive a scale on loan and a data sheet to easily report impact numbers back to us.
Individual household food scrap collection buckets for your friends and family can also be loaned. Prizes will also be awarded to the Home Composting Hub site that recruits the most additional deposits/individual households to drop-off compost at their compost station as part of the event. Email and let us know you are interested and we'll get you signed up and send you the information.
There is so much to celebrate about composting and it's so easy to participate in this community-wide effort. Let's work together to have your contribution to healthy people and healthy planet be counted!
What Type of Materials Can I Collect for the CompostAThon?
Yes, Compost These:
All fruit and veggie scraps
Grain-based (rice, bread, oat, etc.)
Used coffee grinds & tea
Paper cardboard rolls
Paper towels (unbleached optimal, used for wiping food/edible/non-toxic only)
Crushed egg shells
No, Do Not Compost These:
NO meat, fish, poultry, pork
NO veggie/fruit stickers
NO "compostable" plastics or to-go containers
NO petroleum plastics
No rubberbands, twist ties
NO fats, oils, grease
NO store-bought flowers
Prizes will Be Available for Contests Throughout the Week!
Stay Tuned - Updates are still coming in!
Schedule for the Event:
March 15 - Registration opens for participants, partners and sponsors
March 15 - May 2 - Registration continues - tell friends, family, work colleagues
April 24 - May 2 - Last week to sign-up & reminder emails to registered participants
May 2 - Compost-A-Thon Launch - Food scrap collection begins 12:01a.m. :)
May 3 - Virtual theme for day: GROW, Food scrap collection continues
May 4 - Virtual theme for day: EAT, Food scrap collection continues
May 5 - Virtual theme for day: COMPOST, Food scrap collection continues
May 6 - Virtual theme for day: REPEAT, Food scrap collection continues
May 7 - Last day to collect scraps, prepare for tomorrow's collective effort, early drop-off sites open
May 8 - Deposit scraps at your designated drop-off site or home compost hub site.
May 8 - Attend virtual event in afternoon announcing total food scrap diversion, number of participants, prizes, and partner highlights
Photos and activities from our past 2018 & 2019 CompostAThon events are below.
Compost-A-Thon is Manasota's largest, one-week, food-scrap-to-soil effort in honor of community building, soil creating, and fundraising to support the education and action initiatives of Sunshine Community Compost.
1 Week: May 5-11, 2019
2,000 pounds of food scraps diverted from landfills
140+ households participating
15 distribution sites
1 Week: May 6-12, 2018
1,300 pounds of food scraps diverted
nearly 100 households participating
3 restaurants in partnership with the City