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The District Launches Four New Food Waste Drop-Off Locations this Weekend, Two More Next Weekend

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Residents are encouraged to bring their food waste to designated farmers markets; Free basil plants for first 30 drop offs

The Department of Public Works (DPW) will launch four additional farmers markets Saturday, May 13, as part of the District’s citywide Food Waste Drop-Off program: Columbia Heights Farmers Market (Ward 1), Glover Park-Burleith Farmers Market (Ward 2), 14th & Kennedy Farmers Market (Ward 4), and Brookland Farmers Market (Ward 5). On May 20, the free service will also launch at the University of District of Columbia Farmers Market (Ward 3) and Parkside-Kenilworth Farmers Market (Ward 7).

Through the new service, DPW anticipates between 75-100 participants dropping off food waste at each market each Saturday in the first year. Food waste residents bring from home will create compost, a nutrient rich soil amendment that helps grow new food and plants.

Residents are encouraged to drop off the following types of food scraps: vegetables, fruits, grain, bread, pasta, and coffee grounds. The first 30 drop off participants for each market launch will receive a free basil plant.



Farmers Market Name


Program Launch Date

Drop-Off Times


Columbia Heights Farmers Market

14th and Kenyon St., NW

May 13, 2017

9 am – 1 pm


Glover Park Burleith Farmers Market

34th and Wisconsin Ave., NW

May 13, 2017

9 am – 1 pm


University of District of Columbia Farmers Market

4340 Connecticut Ave., NW

May 20, 2017

9 am – 1 pm


14th and Kennedy Farmers Market

14th and Kennedy St., NW

May 13, 2017

9 am – 1 pm


Brookland Farmers Market

716 Monroe St., NE

May 13, 2017

9 am – 1 pm


Eastern Market
(in front of Rumsey Pool)

635 North Carolina Ave., SE

April 22, 2017

9 am – 1 pm


Parkside-Kenilworth Farmers Market

750 Parkside Pl., NE

May 20, 2017

9 am – 1 pm


Ward 8 Farmers Market

3200 6th St., SE

June 3, 2017

9 am – 1 pm

For the most up-to-date information on the program, residents may visit dpw.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff


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