Food Waste Drop-Off
District residents can now drop off food waste to be composted at designated Farmers Markets, one in each of the District's eight wards, free of charge on Saturdays. The food waste will be taken to a local composting facility where it will be turned into compost, a soil amendment. Come visit us at one of our farmers market locations and ask our compost experts for more information!
Program Kick-Off Event: Earth Day
Date: April 22, 2017 (Earth Day)
Time: 9am – 3pm with special activities to begin at 12pm
Address: Eastern Market, near the William H Rumsey Aquatic Center.
635 North Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
On Earth Day, the District will launch the first of its eight drop-off sites at Eastern Market near the Rumsey Aquatic Center. Special Earth Day activities will begin at 12pm.
Where Can I Participate?
There will be a total of eight food waste drop-off locations with one site in each ward. The program will be established at a Saturday farmers market.
|Ward||Farmers Market Name||Address||Program Launch Date||Drop-Off Times|
|1||Columbia Heights Farmers Market||14th and Kenyon St. NW||May 13, 2017||9 am – 1 pm|
|2||Glover Park Burleith Farmers Market||34th and Wisconsin Ave. NW||May 13, 2017||
9 am – 1 pm
|3||University of the District of Columbia||4340 Connecticut Ave. NW||
|9 am – 1 pm|
|4||14th and Kennedy Farmers Market||14th and Kennedy||Tentative
May 13, 2017
|9 am – 1 pm|
|5||Brookland Farmers Market||716 Monroe St NE||May 13, 2017||9 am – 1 pm|
(in front of Rumsey Pool)
|635 North Carolina Ave. SE||April 22, 2017||9 am – 1 pm|
|7||Parkside-Kenilworth Farmers Market||750 Parkside NE||May 13, 2017||9 am – 1 pm|
|8||Ward 8 Farmers Market||3200 6th St. SE||June 3, 2017||9 am – 1 pm|
Complete List of Items Accepted in the Food Waste Drop-Off Program
|Materials Accepted||Materials Not Accepted|
How to Bring Your Food Waste to the Market
Acceptable food scraps and organic materials can be collected in covered plastic containers, paper or plastic bags. Please keep in mind that plastic bags are NOT recyclable and ends up in the trash. We recommend rinsing plastic containers holding the food waste within each use and lining the bottom with shredded newspapers for odor control. Another tip in controlling odors over the week is to consider storing your food scraps contained in either a sealed bag or plastic container in the freezer or refrigerator.
Can Businesses Drop-off Materials to Compost?
No. Commercial food scraps are not accepted as the program is available strictly to District residents. Businesses should contact a local hauler who can handle commercial organic waste.
How Else Can I Get Involved in Composting?
The Department of Parks and Recreations has a Community Compost Cooperative Network where residents can receive an hour long training and participate in the community compost program. For more information please visit (https://dpr.dc.gov/service/community-compost-cooperative-network).