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Don't Dispose - Compost!

Composting is the process of creating organic material that can be used as a soil additive/supplement or as a medium to grow plants. As organic matter decomposes, nutrients are released into the soil and aid in plant growth. It’s a great way to recycle your yard and kitchen waste. This is a critical step toward reducing the volume of garbage sent to landfills for disposal.

The County Government Recycling Program manages the "Composting Campaign Revolution: Don’t Dispose…Compost!" at the Government Center West (GCW). During the first 18 months of the program, approximately 843 gallons of food waste was collected. That's approximately 2,858 pounds of food waste that has been composted!

Everyone’s participation can make a big difference. Kitchen areas and break rooms at GCW are now furnished with colorfully labeled compost collection bins for:

• raw fruit and vegetable scraps
• coffee grounds and filters
• tea bags
• eggshells
• bread
• lettuce
• apple cores
• banana, orange, tangerine and other fruit peels

Collected food waste is being added to the garden composter in the Butterfly Garden at the GCW, and the final nutrient-rich soil compost will be used to fertilize the flowers in the garden.

The compost bins and the composter are managed by volunteers. Employees may bring unwanted compostable goods and dispose of them directly into the garden composter. For more information on how to get involved, please contact BCGovtrecycles@broward.org, Wastewise@broward.org or call 954-474-1868.