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“District residents can now drop off food waste to be composted at designated Farmers Markets”

by Prince Of Petworth April 25, 2017 at 10:00 am 11 Comments

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I’ve been getting lots of emails about this new program – thanks to all who sent from DPW:

“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!

courtesy DPW

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.


Ed. Note: Parkside-Keniloworth in Ward 7 is now May 20th!

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


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).”


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