Frequently Asked Questions
What is compost?
Compost is the sustainable, recycled, nutrient rich soil amendment product of decomposed organic waste.
What is composting?
Composting is the process by which organic material - yard scraps, food scraps, etc. - is made into soil, rather than thrown in the trash and eventually sent to a landfill. By doing so, we are able to create more nutrient-rich soil and reduce our reliance on landfills, which are quickly filling up and emitting greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming.
Why should I compost?
● You like saving money. By composting food scraps and other compostable material,you greatly reduce the amount of material going into your trash dumpster. This means a reduction in frequency of trash pickups, saving you money.
● You care about Miami Dade's future. Every year, Miami Dade produces enough organic material to fill multiple Marlins Park. Diverting compostable material places less pressure on our landfills, which are slowly running out of space. By contrast, composting takes nutrient-rich material, accelerates its breakdown, returns it to nature, helping to grow trees, gardens, and crops.
● You want to reduce your carbon footprint. Compost provides carbon sequestration.In other words, composting will help capture carbon dioxide, helping you reduce your carbon footprint. If you want to learn more, please visit the link to EPA website here.
What material do you accept?
We can take all types of materials like food scraps and yard debris. For an up-to-date list of what can and cannot be composted through Compost For Life, please check out this link.
What happens to my compost materials?
We help turn ALL of our organic material back into soil at a local farm in Homestead, FL, where it is processed for 4 - 6 months. After the process is complete, it is screened and sold by Compost For Life as finished compost.
What happens if I put the wrong material in my bin?
Our drivers are trained to spot contamination and remove it from the compost stream. If contamination is noted during service our driver will remove the contaminant and you will receive an email and a physical tag on your bin to let you know what was not compostable in your bin and why. If the contamination is severe, our driver may deem your bin unserviceable. If contamination is ongoing with no improvement, contamination fees may be assessed.
Can I share a bin with my neighbor?
We have no issue with bin sharing but will only accept payment from ONE person, which is the location where the bin is kept. Contamination issues and schedule changes will only be communicated to this one person.
Does Compost For Life provide signage materials for customers?
We provide pdf templates of signage that you can post in your school, restaurant, business, or any compost sites. Click here to download the templates