Community Compost Toolkit

Do you want to help by contributing your food scraps or yard waste to a compost pile?  Become a Soil Supporter today!

Become a Soil Maker: Community Compost Drop Off Station Set Up Guide

Are you ready to help others start rescuing food and yard waste from being trashed? Set up a Community Compost Drop Station at your home or community garden. Here’s an easy to follow guide to help you get started with community composting as a Soil Maker.

  1. Decide on a composting system that has the capacity for the number of Soil Supporters you hope to get.  We like a simple 3 foot x 10 foot piece of 1/4 inch hardware cloth held in a cylinder shape with a few pieces of wire or zip ties. You can use any type of compost system though, as long as you consider the capacity it can hold.
  2. Register your site on and/or Sharewaste so friends and neighbors know what you do and don’t accept, and have directions to make a drop off. You can also communicate with all of your Soil Supporters via their email platform.
  3. Locate your source of brown carbon-rich materials. Click here for a list of free mulch pick up sites in Pinellas County.
  4. Set up your deposit site. Here’s a few suggestions:
    • Make sure your deposit site is accessible to people dropping off. The easier, the better.
    • Repurpose a trash can or rubbermaid tote with holes drilled in the top, sides, and bottom for food scraps and another tote for carbon with holes too with a shovel or tool to scoop the carbon. Soil Supporters will deposit into these containers and you’ll add it to your main compost periodically.
    • Set up your main compost pile where Soil Supporters can access it. Have a nearby tote or pile of carbon with a shovel.
  5. Add signage. PCCA Compost Hub Sign
  6. Ask your friends and neighbors to contribute. You can either email or print out this for potential soil supporters Flyer Advertising PCCA
  7. If you need help with composting facts so you don’t get tongue-tied, use this handy list Guide to Gaining Soil Supporters
  8. Optional: Add a luggage scale, pencil and notebook in a waterproof box or bag to your Community Compost Drop Off Station to track the food waste that you’ve diverted from the landfill. Keep track of the amount and send it to PCCA every month. (Online form coming soon!!!)luggage scale.jpeg
  9. Start composting!
  10. Make sure to monitor it closely. Your compost pile is setting an example for others about the ease and importance of composting. Your pile may be the first compost that may of your Soil Supporters have ever seen. Maintain it well so it isn’t stinky or attracting critters.
  11. Ask PCCA to help you anytime! We offer free online advice through Facebook or email, or in-person home consultations and private video coaching services for a small fee to guide you through the composting process in greater detail. You can also check out our Composting Classes here.


Pinellas Community Composting Alliance is an initiative of Living Roots Eco Design, LLC.

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