Food Scrap Drop-off Program 

Learn how the food scrap drop-off program works and then complete the registration form link at the bottom of the page to join a drop-off program.

We provide:

Program supplies

Remote or hands-on training

We manage the compost stations

Our program services are free until December 31, 2020. As of January 1, 2021 services will require a monthly $14.50 membership fee.

WHAT DO I RECEIVE?

WHY?

For those who are not yet comfortable or able to host a backyard compost bin on their own, who don't have space, or simply like to gather with others in this effort, our community composting drop-off stations are a great option.

  • Free services through 12/31/2020
  • Food scrap collection bucket with lid
  • Sticker label for bucket listing compostable materials
  • Option to receive finished compost portion 2x/yr
  • Peace of mind making soil & friends instead of more waste

  • Access to monthly online classes for all participants
  • Includes bundle of inspiring virtual compost education tools
  • Newsletter access with updates, resources and events
  • Easy recurring monthly billing plan - cancel anytime

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Review these guidelines; Follow Steps 1-7 below

  • Complete the registration form linked at the bottom of this page- FREE service through Dec. 31, 2020 - no payment accepted till 1/1/2021

  • Start collecting allowed food scraps (listed below) in your kitchen and bring them to your designated drop-off site at your convenience 

  • Unlock the secured bins with the member code and then weigh, record, deposit and re-lock the bins after use 

  • Reach us with questions, cancel anytime

 

1.

Watch this 3-minute orientation video

2.

Register for the program of your choice.

  • Arlington Park

  • Gillespie Park

  • North Water Tower Park

  • Manatee Square Garden

  • Select Condo/Apt.

3.

Follow program guidelines on the  confirmation/orientation page

4.

Receive a food scrap collection bucket size of your choice - dropped off at your registered site.

(Contact us if alternative arrangements need to be made to receive your bucket)
 1.9 gallons 
 lid attached 
 3.5 gallons 
 lid included 
 2 gallons 
 lid included 
 4 gallons 
 lid included 

7.

5.

Collect food scraps at home according to our guideline of appropriate compostable materials

(Reducing Contamination video - 48 seconds)
(Click on label to view a larger version)

6.

Deposit materials at your chosen site each week or at your convenience 

Weigh your scraps & record weight

Only deposit in ACTIVE & YES bins

Cover your deposit with "Browns"

7.

Indicate your choice to donate or receive portions of finished compost 2x/yr (in registration form)

2x/ year, receive or donate your share of hand-crafted, cured compost!

SARASOTA DROP-OFF SITE LOCATIONS

Check back soon - more coming!

 
Pull into the main parking lot at the park and walk directly behind the recreational center building (south side of building). You will see the Hawthorne street sign along the sidewalk and the squirrel bench. Walk away from the building/ in a south direction/ and look beyond the squirrel concrete bench and you see 8 black bins in the "butterfly" garden. Find the "ACTIVE" bin and deposit scraps in there.
Pull into (or walk to) the parking lot in front of the police annex building/ community reading room building on the southwest corner of the park. Walk directly behind the building (east side of building). It's the only building in the park. You will see the 6 or 7 black bins lined up along the back of the building. Find the "ACTIVE" bin and deposit scraps in there. 
Pull into the main parking lot on the north side of the park. Find the sidewalk that is on the east side of the park if you are facing the actual  water tower. This sidewalk also leads to the water tower. Walk about 50 feet and you will see 4 or 5 black bins right along the sidewalk. 
 
 

© 2021 All photos by Tracie Troxler 

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