Welcome to BioBag’s Community Heroes series! Each month, we will highlight community heroes that are making a difference in their communities and working to make their local environments cleaner and healthier.
This month, we are taking a look at Suncoast Compost!
Suncoast Compost’s mission is to inspire, educate, and promote sustainable practices throughout the Tampa Bay community. They provide composting services for homes, businesses, and events, as well as offer consulting for events and businesses to help them find ways to minimize their waste and reduce their impact on the environment. We spoke to Co-Founder Kali Rabaut about Suncoast Compost. Her interview is transcribed below.
What led you to start your composting operation?
Kali: [My husband Paul & I] started Suncoast Compost shortly after our first child was born. I was teaching and wanted something flexible and part time so I could spend time with my new baby. At the same time, I wanted to do something meaningful. My husband is a biologist, and we were hosting tours of our garden back then. People were so interested in the compost situation, we thought people might enjoy it as a service. We were so pleased to connect with other community composters who were already doing it in other parts of the country.
Who do you serve, and how can people get in touch with you if they want to start composting?
Kali: We serve about 200 homes and businesses in Tampa and St Petersburg, FL. We offer curbside, drop-off and zero waste event services. Folks can sign up at our website www.suncoastcompost.com.
How much organic material do you typically take in on a weekly basis?
Kali: ~2,000 pounds/week
Please give us one fun fact about your business.
Kali: We’re located in the same area as Biobag – Tampa Bay area! We’re really grateful to the support we’ve received from BioBag. Mark [President of BioBag] and Jennifer [VP of Marketing] have really made themselves so available to connect and support us from the very beginning. The genuine care and love BioBag has to protect our planet is so special.
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