Composting in Coral Gables

Home composting is allowed in Coral Gables as long as it is a closed-bin system located in the backyard. 

Benefits of Composting

  • It improves soil, which helps plants grow better.
  • Reduces need for chemical fertilizer.
  • Helps soil maintain moisture, meaning less time and money spent on watering plants.
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Reduction in methane emissions from landfills because food waste releases methane.
  • Helps balance the pH of soil. 
  • The less waste you have the less energy and fuel it will take to transport waste.
  • Helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions 
  • Helps ward off pests.
  • Helps prevent erosion because aids soils ability to retain water. 
  • Improves plant growth 

Why compost?

  • 16%-23% of waste is food waste
  • Total US food waste is valued at $161.6 billion
  • Organic waste makes up 25% to 50% of what people throw away

Where to compost?

  • You can compost in your back yard, using a closed compost system 
  • Keep a small compost container in your kitchen and toss it in your compost bin several times a week.

How to compost?

  • In order to have healthy compost it is important to more carbon than nitrogen.
  • Carbon is referred to as brown matter 
  • Nitrogen is referred to as green matter.

What to compost?




Fruit and vegetable scraps

Shredded paper

Dairy products

Egg shells

Grass clippings


Tea bags


Animal meat

Coffee grounds


Sick or infected  plants

Hair (human, dogs, cats, etc.)

Toilet paper rolls


Paper coffee filters

Wood shavings

Grease and oil

Old nut milks (almond, cashew, coconut)

Printer paper

Cooked foods


Cardboard (cut into small pieces)



Paper bags



Pencil shavings 



Pizza boxes (cut up)


Composting Classes

  • Click here for workshops/information on composting in Miami-Dade County.
  • Click here for composting classes at Pinecrest Branch Library.  

Additional Resources