Composting

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Don’t Waste Food Waste

The EPA estimates that about 30% of what we throw away could be composted. Composting is the natural process of recycling organic material, like kitchen and yard waste, which breaks down to form a useful, nutrient-rich fertilizer. When we send food scraps and other organic materials to the landfill, we waste valuable nutrients that could be reinvested into our soil. 

Residential Composting Program

St. Pete’s Residential Composting Program supports the sustainability initiatives of the City and empowers residents to minimize their environmental impact. Residents in single-family homes who are interested in composting are invited to sign up for the City’s free Residential Composting Program.

St. Pete’s residential composters will receive a free compost bin from the City to use in their backyard. There is no collection service for composters. Instead, residents will contribute their food and yard waste to their bin and be able to directly harvest finished, nutrient-rich compost to use in their own garden, or donate to a community garden. For more information about composting, read the residential composting guide. The compost bin is approximately 33" wide at the base and 33" tall. 

Requesting a Compost Bin

Orders for new compost bins are currently suspended. Compost bins requested on or before Dec. 31, 2022 will be fulfilled. We will begin accepting new orders in the Spring of 2023. Check this site for updates. Questions can be directed to composting@stpete.org.

St. Pete's Road to Zero Waste

Composting is one of many ways you can help reduce waste. Find more waste reduction tips at stpete.org/ZeroWaste