Why compost?

Most of us can identify with the guilty, wasteful feeling you get when you have to chuck leftover Chinese food or the technically edible aftermath of a toddler’s lunch. Composting is about turning those food scraps back into food—giving that energy new life instead of sending it to the landfill. When you keep food out of the landfill you do right by the environment by limiting methane and reconnecting the food cycle. It's easy to feel overwhelmed by our responsibility to the earth, but together we can make a difference, and we're here to help. Let's compost



We should do our part to support natural cycles of nutrients. Food waste is not waste. It is an excellent fuel for microscopic life, plants, and other organisms that support our way of life. Food scraps composted with Suncoast Compost are turned into soil to grow more food here in our community. 


The Tampa Bay area throws away 1.3 million pounds of food waste every day, and about 95% of the food we throw away ends up being burned or put into the landfill. Food is a major contributor to landfill space, accounting for 38 million tons in 2014. If we want to limit landfill sprawl, we have to divert that food waste and recycle it into food. 


Food that breaks down without oxygen in a landfill produces methane gas. Methane gas is a very potent greenhouse gas, which contributes to global warming. It is 20X more powerful than carbon dioxide.

alleviate food waste guilt

Most of us have been shamed or felt guilty about "wasting food" but hey, it happens. Leftovers don't get eaten, produce spoils faster than we anticipate, and no one in your house will eat the strawberry tops. When you choose to compost those food scraps, you're directing that "waste" back into the ground to grow more food for everyone. It's a weight off of you and the planet.   

the genius of nature

Learn more about composting and Suncoast Compost's closed loop system — the video below gives a brief overview of the problems our planet is facing and how composting moves us back towards a more sustainable solution. Find out even more on our community resource page or by attending one of our events.