drop-off your food scraps to be turned into compost?
DO YOU WANT TO
1. Learn about this resource.
Residents can bring their food waste to a location near them on weekends. Food waste, like fruit and vegetable scraps, can be broken down into compost. Compost is rich in nutrients and can be added to soil as a fertilizer to help with gardening and farming. We—DC Government—collect your compostable food waste at 10 locations across the District and compost it for you. This program can help if you can’t or don’t want to compost at your home, but you still want to reduce your food waste.
This program is called Food Waste Drop-Off and is offered by the DC Department of Public Works.
2. Check if you are eligible.
You may be eligible if you live in DC.
We don't accept commercial compost.
Collect your fruit and veggie scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, nut shells, and small household plants in a sealed container. You can check our list of everything we accept if you’re not sure whether something is compostable.
You may want to store your food waste in your freezer to avoid any bad smells or pests.
Find a drop-off location near you and check when it’s open. Some locations aren’t open in the winter.
Bring your food waste to a drop-off location and empty your container into one of the food waste collection bins.
Rinse your container and repeat!
4. Gather more information.
What happens after I participate?
Are there any additional requirements I should know about?
Some drop-off locations are only open seasonally. Check the dates and times of drop-off locations.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
First, take a look at the frequently asked questions below. If you still have questions, please reach out to our Food Waste Drop-Off team at (202) 673-6833, Monday to Friday, 8:15 am to 4:45 pm. Or, you can email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line “Food Waste Drop-Off Question.”
I still need help making my home more environmentally friendly. What should I do?
You can find information about other resources that might help on our environmental resources page.
Frequently Asked Questions
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This page was last updated May 2021.