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New Program Provides $50 Rebate Incentive to Encourage Composting in the City of Melbourne

Post Date:10/31/2019 10:31 AM

Vegetable scraps and egg shells on one side, good rich soil on the other. Photo from 

The City of Melbourne has launched a new program to encourage its residents to try composting.

For a limited time, the city is offering customers who live within the city limits of Melbourne up to a $50 rebate for purchasing and installing a composter that has at least a 30-gallon capacity.

Backyard composter

“Composting has many benefits for the environment,” said Jennifer Wilster, Environmental Community Outreach Manager. “Adding compost to your landscaping creates healthier soil that retains water and nutrients better and reduces the need for increased lawn irrigation and the use of fertilizers that can wash into stormdrains and pollute the Indian River Lagoon.”

Composting can also help save landfill space. According to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services, 20 percent or more of household waste is organic material that can be composted.

Rebates will be available until budgeted rebate funds are depleted or until September 30, 2020, whichever comes first. 

More information about composting and the Composter Rebate Program is available on the City of Melbourne website.

Rebate application packets are available by calling the Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Division at (321) 608-5080 or e-mailing

A homeowner checks her backyard composter.

Someone adds vegetable scraps to her composter. Photo from

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