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Food Waste Pick Up Services
Places to Drop Off Food Waste to be Composted
The DC Parks and Recreation (DPR) Community Compost Cooperative Network uses new critter proof and smell proof compost bins designed by Urban Farm Plans to allow trained community members to compost food scraps with garden waste from DPR and partner DPR gardens to responsibly create high quality compost. To join each member must take an hour training and help process compost 1-hour a month.
Find the nearest compost cooperative to join to compost your food scraps.
Residents are able to drop off food waste for free at designated farmers’ markets in all eight city wards (only three stay active over winter).
Accepts daily: Bar Wrappers, Batteries, Brita Filters, Cell Phones, Food Waste, Drink Pouches, Food Squeeze Pouches, Glasses, Health and Beauty Packaging, Natural Cork, Plastic, Shoes, Snack Bags
Annual Drives: Denim, Holiday Lights
Learn How to Compost
Organizations that Host Individual Workshops
Carbon Recovery for Composting
An important part of food recovery in DC is composting. In the last few years community composting initiatives have gained momentum throughout DC as communities, community gardens, and schools are figuring out ways to compost their food scraps with different kinds of carbon sources around the city, such as garden waste, fall leaves, wood chips, shredded paper, etc. Unfortunately, finding enough carbon to properly mix with food scraps has been a challenge.
If you have extra carbon sources to donate, if you’re looking for carbon sources for your compost or carbon spot, or if you are looking for a place to compost, please explore the links below.
Find or Share Sources of Carbon
Have extra sources of carbon? These sites will accept them!
(email firstname.lastname@example.org to become a drop off site on the Carbon Drop off Map)
Need extra sources of carbon?
Reach out to a carbon producer on the List of DC Carbon Producers to politely and respectfully request a carbon drop off
(email email@example.com if you are a carbon producer and would like to be added to this list)
Free Sources of Horse Manure
Fort Dupont Stables
Places to Pick Up Finished Compost
Alexandria DPW & Alexandria Recovery Stations (wood mulch)
Arlington County Department of Environment (leaf & wood mulch)
If you know of any composting resources we’re missing or have any feedback for the ones we have please email firstname.lastname@example.org.