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Commercial Composter


Sunshine Organics & Compost of Jacksonville is a trashy business in the best way possible.

The business takes food waste, yard waste and other organic waste and turns it into usable products such as soil, mulch and biochar, a charcoal-like substance made by burning organic material. The aim is to save those types of waste from landfills, where they emit methane gas. Sunshine also produces compost from the waste it collects.

The waste processed by Sunshine includes bulk waste from nearby Budweiser, Maxwell House and Kraft Heinz plants and warehouses. Fun fact: The business once composted 200,000 pounds of expired pickles and ketchup.

Mike Kelcourse, who owns Sunshine Organics & Compost along with his wife Christina, grew up around the waste management business in New England and lived on a farm. That combination helped him see the intersection between waste and compost.

The permitting process for the business began in 2020 and was completed in February.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Sunshine a $4.9-million grant earlier this year that will go toward equipment upgrades and improved production. The company is on pace to earn $750,000 in revenue this year and double that amount in 2024.


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