Last year, the Board of Directors approved an initiative in an effort to reduce our carbon footprint and further implement our community commitment to sustainable practices. This initiative included eliminating disposable cups at water and coffee stations. Reducing our use of disposable cups correlated with the Foundation’s vision, mission, purpose, core values and strategic plan. Focusing on our natural environment remains a key part of the Foundation’s vision.

It is estimated that in the US alone, we use over 50 billion coffee cups each year. Both the production and disposal of cups have their negative impacts on our environment. The biggest issue with the use of disposable cups is they are made to last for only one use. A lot of energy goes into creating and disposing of them for a single drink that lasts less than an hour. There are also rising concerns about the health implications of using disposable cups, especially for hot liquids. Plastics and other ingredients used in cups may be ingested along with your drink.

The Foundation came together with Naples Compost to address a need for complimentary cups at our water and coffee stations that would not cause additional harm to the environment.

Naples Compost is a local company that offers a variety of compost services, including curbside pickup, commercial pickup, education, and compost product sales. Naples Compost gathers compost bins throughout Southwest Florida, takes the food waste and turns it into nutrient-rich soil.

Complimentary Cups are back… and they’re compostable!

In addition to installing compost bins on Foundation property, complimentary cups at our water and coffee dispensers are returning!

Cups were discontinued last summer by the Foundation due to the harmful effects single-use cups have on the environment. Luckily, Naples Compost was able to equip us with a solution and provide our membership with convenient compostable cups that will not harm the environment.

The Foundation will be introducing compostable cups which can then be placed in our new compost bins. These cups will be provided at every water and coffee station on Foundation property for complimentary use.

Pelican Bay is going to start composting?

Yes, Pelican Bay will introduce composting through the implementation of brand-new composting bins on Foundation property, in June!

The compost bins from Naples Compost, will be installed in areas such as the beaches and restaurants, tennis facilities, tram stations, and any Foundation facility. Naples Compost will collect our compost bins routinely and turn the contents into rich soil.

Please note that this partnership only applies to the Pelican Bay Foundation. This partnership does not include individual communities or HOAs within Pelican Bay, nor any commercial properties, or the Club at Pelican Bay. 

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What can I put in the new compost bins? 

It’s vital to understand what can and cannot be composted. Naples Compost has provided us with information on what we can place in the compost bins.

Now it’s up to you, the membership, to be aware of what can be composted and to comply with that when you are looking to “throw away” anything on Foundation property. Naples Compost will provide us with a report on our compost efforts each month and we want to be the leaders in Southwest Florida for composting.

Each compost bin will have a sticker with information about what can and can’t be composted. You can toss the following items into the compost bins that will be located across Foundation property:

  • Food scraps
  • Compostable bioplastics
  • Paper bags, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, toothpicks, and popsicle sticks
  • Compostable paper and coffee cups

For a full list of what can or can’t be composted by Naples Compost, visit

A good rule of thumb, if it came from the earth, it can go back to the earth!