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Food Waste Drop-Off

Food Waste Drop-Off

District residents can now drop off food waste at designated farmers' markets in all eight District wards free of charge. The food waste will be taken to a local composting site where it will be turned into compost, an environmentally friendly-soil amendment. Come visit us at one of our farmers’ market locations and ask our compost experts for more information!

Winter Market Season Information

Market locations and dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please reference this website.  There will be three locations open throughout the winter season for residents to bring their food waste to be composted. The food waste drop-off locations at Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, and Eastern Market are open year-round. DPW will re-launch the food waste drop-off program for all wards in conjunction with the opening of the farmers market season in May 2019.

Program Closing Date
Drop-Off Times
Columbia Heights Farmers' Market
14th and Kenyon Streets, NW
Year Round
Dupont Circle Farmers' Market
1500 20th Street, NW
Year Round
Glover Park Burleith Farmers' Market
34th and Wisconsin Ave., NW
Closed for Winter
University of District of Columbia Farmers' Market
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Closed for Winter
14th and Kennedy Farmers' Market
14th and Kennedy St., NW
   Closed for Winter
Brookland Farmers' Market
716 Monroe St., NE
Closed for Winter
Eastern Market (in front of Rumsey Pool)
635 North Carolina Avenue, SE
Year Round
Minnesota Ave Farmers' Market*
3701 Hayes Street, NE (Previously 3924 Minnesota Ave)
Closed for Winter
Ward 8 Farmers' Market
3200 6th St., SE
Closed for Winter

*The Minnesota Ave Farmers Market has moved to 3701 Hayes Street, NE near the Ceasar Chaves Public Charter School.

Complete List of Items Accepted in the Food Waste Drop-Off Program

Materials Accepted
Materials Not Accepted
  • Fruit, vegetable scraps, and salad
  • Coffee grounds, paper tea bags, and loose tea
  • Bread, grains, cereals, rice, and pasta
  • Egg shells
  • Nutshells
  • Corncobs
  • Stale beans, flour, and spices
  • Cut or dried flowers
  • Milk, cheese, or other dairy products
  • Meat or Fish scraps and bones
  • Fats, grease, oil, or oily foods
  • Plastic bags, wraps or film
  • Coated or Uncoated Paper and Cardboard (Paper bags, plates, bowls)
  • Non-compostable materials like plastic, metals, foil, glass, or styrofoam
  • Pet refuse
  • Diseased or insect-infested houseplants and soil
  • Biodegradable or compostable plastics & packaging

How to Bring Your Food Waste to the Market

Acceptable food scraps and organic materials can be collected in covered plastic containers, paper/plastic bags. Please keep in mind that plastic bags are NOT recyclable in the District. We recommend rinsing plastic containers holding the food waste between uses and lining the bottom with shredded newspapers for odor control. Another tip for controlling odors is to store food scraps in the freezer or refrigerator.

Can Businesses Drop Off Materials to Compost?

Commercial food scraps are not accepted. Businesses should contact a local hauler who can handle commercial organic waste.

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