How to compost in Miami

Composting, when you turn food scraps into natural fertilizer, is a great way to be kind to the earth, but Miami does not make it easy to do. Unlike many major cities, we don’t have any public composting facilities where you can take your scraps if you don’t want to compost at home.

We’re here to show you that it is possible, even if you don’t want to do the real work yourself. It may be worth it just because of how much less gross your kitchen trash is when you take out all the stuff that can decompose.

Where to take your compost scraps

Although there are no public facilities, here are a couple spots where you can drop off your compost scraps to be turned into natural fertilizer that will grow pesticide-free plants, fruits, and veggies.

  • Miami Beach Botanical Garden – drop off Tuesday through Sunday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • Smart Bites Cafe – drop off during normal operating hours
  • Earth ‘n’ Us Farm (Little River) – drop off during normal operating hours
  • Cerasee Farms (Liberty City) – drop off to the team Monday and Wednesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If they’re closed, there are bins where you can drop compost off.

Got more recommendations? Let us know at [email protected] This is going to be a living resource that we’ll keep updated with the latest info. 

Too busy for that?

Check out the Fertile Earth Foundation. They’ll drop off a bucket at your home that you can fill up with scraps (they recommend storing it in your fridge or freezer to keep the decomposition process from beginning).

On your pickup date, just leave it outside your front door and it will be replaced with a clean, empty bucket for you to fill up. Right now they pick up in Brickell, Little Havana, Miami Beach and neighboring areas. If you don’t live there but you work there, they can arrange office pick-up instead.

You can opt for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly pickups, and each one costs $8. Most of it is taken to the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.

What you can throw in compost

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps (peels included)
  • Coffee grounds and paper coffee filters
  • Tea grounds (but sometimes not the actual tea bags – the fancy nylon ones are no bueno, but the basic paper ones are OK)
  • Eggshells
  • Any kind of plant material – grass clippings, leaves, broken up twigs, etc.

What you can’t throw in compost

The key thing is no meat, dairy, or fish – or their bones

Want to do it yourself?

Lots of groups offer workshops for getting started, including Miami-Dade County’s Department of Solid Waste. Find more info on that here. The Fertile Earth Foundation also offers instructions.