Washington, DC

V Street NW between 2nd and 4th Streets NW

@LizDucey tweets us:

“@PoPville Drop off compost option for Bloomingale/Truxton Circle residents at Common Good City Farm:


Keep those scraps coming!

You can help lower landfill waste and our need to purchase soil by donating your kitchen scraps (no meat or dairy), leaves, and other biodegradables to our compost bins. It’s easy! Simply drop them off at the farm site. In a few weeks, it will be soil just bursting with nutrition to feed our crops! We also take leaves, junk mail (without plastic windows or staples and ripped into smaller pieces), and non-glossy newspaper.

How to Drop Off

Our compost deposit bin is located along the fence facing the park. Simply deposit your food scraps in the bin! We take all kinds of food scraps except animal products, which would attract pests and break down too slowly (eggshells, however, are okay). Include some carbon-based materials (paper, sawdust, cardboard, leaves, etc.) if possible. See below for details on acceptable materials. Email us or come visit during our open hours if you have questions!

To make this program work well and keep the compost pest and odor free, we need your help. Please do NOT leave bags or bins of food scraps outside the Farm gate when we are closed! This will smell and attract rodents and we will have to cancel this program.

What We Accept

Coffee grounds and filters
Tea bags
Fruits and vegetables
Used paper napkins
Pizza boxes, ripped into smaller pieces
Paper bags, ripped into smaller pieces
The crumbs you sweep off of the counters and floors
Plain cooked pasta (no sauce)
Plain cooked rice (no sauce or oil)
Stale bread
Paper towel rolls (ripped into smaller pieces)
Stale saltine crackers
Stale cereal
Used paper plates (as long as they don’t have a waxy coating)
Nut shells
Old herbs and spices
Stale beer and wine
Paper egg cartons (the light brown ones, ripped into smaller pieces – though your local egg farmer also might want these.)
Bamboo skewers
Paper cupcake or muffin cups

What We DO NOT Accept

The following products require a hotter compost system to break down. Please refrain from dropping these items in our compost bin:
compostable bags
compostable silverware

About Our Compost Systems

We use two composting systems on the farm, a modified windrows system and a vermicomposting (worm) system. As an educational site, we want to demonstrate various approaches to urban agriculture, including different methods for composting.


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