DFB Compost is a USDA-funded community organics and food waste recycling and compost pilot program. This pilot will develop and test strategies for potential future implementation of a large-scale compost program. In this pilot, we are collecting and recycling food scraps and some other organic materials.
This program includes subscription front porch organics and food waste recycling services to a sample of 100 residences and 5 businesses, as well as some community drop-off opportunities. The material collected is being processed into compost and redistributed in the community through events and partnerships with local community gardens.
Explore below for more program information.
Want to sign up?
We are looking for 100 single-family homes and 5 businesses to join the DFB Compost pilot program. DFB Compost provides free weekly organic waste collection services from October 2023 through March 2025.
Residential subscribers will be limited to 25 per district and selected on a first-come first-serve basis. Commercial applications will be reviewed by the project team and evaluated based on business type and application in order to provide a varied sampling for the purposes of the pilot. Both subscription options will have a wait list established.
Applications will be reviewed on October 16th (or sooner) and selection notifications will go out on October 17th. Applicants selected for the program are invited to join a program orientation on October 21st where program details and start-up kits will be available.
Applications are now live and will be reviewed and selected on a first-come first-served basis, so make sure to get yours in quickly! Click below to apply.
- Participants in the DFB Compost program will receive compost every six months, which can be used in gardens, as topsoil, or as fertilizer, saving money and supporting healthy plant growth.
- Recycling food waste has many environmental benefits including reducing waste going to the landfill, recycling valuable organic material, and reducing overall greenhouse gas emissions.
- Businesses that participate in DFB Compost will be diverting waste away from the landfill and may have the opportunity to adjust or reduce their garbage collection service.
- Follow the Do’s and Don’ts for what to and not to include in your organics collection container.
- Provided compostable liners must be placed in the bucket prior to collecting any organic waste. Please do not use any other liners.
- Place your composting bucket out for collection by 7AM on your collection day.
- Liners with food waste will be removed and any residue will be wiped from the buckets so they are clean. Replace liner after each service.
- Extra compost waste that does not fit into your bucket will not be accepted. Any overflow material can be dropped off at the Recycling Drop-Off Center.
- Buckets will be inspected for excessive contamination. Participants with excessive contamination may receive a warning and/or skipped service. Continued contamination may result in removal from the program.
- Did we miss your bucket? Report missed collections at deerfieldbeach.stopsuite.com.
Do's & Don'ts
|Fruits & Veggies||Meat & Dairy|
|Bread & Grains||Coffee, Filters, Tea & Teabags|
|Leaves, Twigs & Wood Chips||Egg Shells|
Remove ALL produce decals, stickers, rubber bands, twist ties, and anything that is NOT organic.
|Plastics||Glass||Food Service Ware & Styrofoam|
|Aluminum||Fats, Oil & Grease||Disposable Cups|
|Certified Compostable Products||Wine Corks||Pet Waste & Kitty Litter|
- What happens if contamination is found in the bucket?
Contamination, or unaccepted items, like plastic, textiles, glass and other objects that don’t decompose entirely, cause significant problems for the composting process. Compost loads with excessive contamination will be rejected and may also result in participants being removed from the program.
- Why can’t I compost “certified compostable” products and paper?
For every certified compostable product (such as cutlery, cups, straws, etc.) there are several more “look-alikes” that mislead the public into thinking these items are compostable (using terms like “biodegradable” or “plant-based”) when in truth they often contain non-compostable plastics.
- Can I put in whole fruit and vegetables that have gone rotten? Or does it have to be food scraps only?
Yes, but breaking up food waste into smaller pieces will help speed up the composting process.
- My green composting bucket isn’t full. Should I still set it out at the curb?
Yes. No matter how full your bucket is, the City encourages you to set it out every week to help keep it clean.
- How can I compost if the DFB Compost pilot is full?
- You can join the program waitlist and if a spot becomes available, we will contact you.
- If you have a yard, you can purchase a backyard compost bin and compost at home.
- DFB residents can bring organics to the Recycling Drop-Off Center for composting.
- Local private composting companies like Filthy Organics offer weekly pickup options for a fee.
What is Composting?
Composting is a natural process that turns organic material, such as food scraps, into a dark, rich substance. This substance, called compost, improves biological, chemical, and physical characteristics of soil. It also protects against soil desertification, soil erosion, enhances plant disease suppression, and reduces the need for pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.
Every year, U.S. landfills and trash incinerators receive 167 million tons of garbage and nearly 1/4 of it is food scraps. Food scraps in the landfill decompose anaerobically, producing methane.
Food waste in landfills is the third largest driver of methane in the US and the world (US EPA), a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 84x more potent than CO2. But when converted into compost and applied to the land, compost sequesters carbon, provides a soil amendment that helps prevent erosion and flooding, and supports growing healthy food!
DFB Compost Workshops
September 23rd – FLIPANY Food Distribution and Workshop
October 14th – DFB Compost Fall Festival Booth
November 3rd – Pumpkin Smash
Filthy Organics is a service-disabled, veteran-owned, small business startup compost manufacturer and subscription-based curbside food scraps pickup service for homes, events & businesses of Broward and Palm Beach County. They strive to inspire & empower our community to use sustainable practices that help mend the food cycle -- diverting food scraps from landfills and incinerators, and reducing the powerful climate impact of greenhouse gases from wasted food.
Organics Recycling Foundation
The ORF, a 510c3 non-profit environmental corporation, promotes research and education around organic waste recycling for the benefit of our environment and economy. Chief among their efforts is working with municipalities, green teams, food waste generators and more to teach why food waste reduction and recycling is important, how to do it and what to do when you have obstacles to starting a program.
FLIPANY is a leader in educational programming and initiatives surrounding food, nutrition, and agriculture in South Florida. As a program partner, they will provide educational programming related to composting, food waste recovery and nutrition education throughout the Deerfield Beach Community. FLIPANY will also utilize compost generated through the project as an educational tool in support of its current school and community garden initiatives including its current USDA-funded Farm to School Grant in Deerfield Beach.