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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). Since the inception of the program in the summer of 2010, approximately 1,615 gallons of food waste has been diverted from the waste stream. That means about 5,476 pounds of food waste has been composted.

Participating agencies include Animal Care Division, Environmental Licensing and Building Permitting Division, Enterprise Technology Services, Highway Construction and Engineering Division, Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality, Solid Waste and Recycling Services, and Transit Division.

It's easy to participate, and you can make a big difference. Kitchen areas and break rooms at GCW now contain 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 GCW, and the final nutrient-rich soil compost will be used to fertilize the flowers in the garden. Approximately 573 pounds of compost has been used in the GCW Butterfly Garden to date.

The compost bins and the composter have been provided by the County Government Facilities and Office Recycling Program, and are managed by program employees and volunteers. Employees may also dispose of unwanted compostable goods directly into the garden composter.

For more information on how to get involved, please, or call 954-765-4999.​​​​​​