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Food Waste Drop-Off

Food Waste Drop-Off - Winter Season

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce that there will be three locations open throughout the winter season for residents to bring their food waste for composting. The food waste drop-off locations at Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, and Eastern Market are now open year-round.

Through the free service, residents are able to drop off food waste at designated farmers markets in all eight city wards. The food waste collected at these drop-off locations is composted locally at District community composting sites and at the Prince George’s County Organics Compost facility.

DPW will re-launch the food waste drop-off program for all wards in conjunction with the opening of the farmer’s market season in May 2020.

Where Can I Participate? Winter Market Season

Market locations and dates are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information, please reference this website.  

Program Closing Date
Drop-Off Times
Columbia Heights Farmers' Market
14th and Kenyon Streets, NW
Year Round
DuPont Circle Farmers' Market
1500 20th Street, NW
Year Round
Glover Park Burleith Farmers' Market
34th and Wisconsin Ave., NW
Closed for Winter
University of District of Columbia Farmers' Market
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Closed for Winter
Uptown Farmers' Market
14th and Kennedy St., NW
   Closed for Winter
Brookland Farmers' Market
716 Monroe St., NE
December 14, 2019
Eastern Market (in front of Rumsey Pool)
635 North Carolina Avenue, SE
Year Round
Minnesota Ave Farmers' Market
3701 Hayes Street, NE
Closed for Winter
Ward 8 Farmers Market
3200 6th Street, SE
Closed for Winter

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

Materials Accepted
Materials Not Accepted
  • Fruit, vegetable scraps, and salad
  • Coffee grounds, paper tea bags, and loose tea
  • Bread, grains, cereals, rice, and pasta
  • Egg shells
  • Nutshells
  • Corncobs
  • Stale beans, flour, and spices
  • Cut or dried flowers
  • Milk, cheese, or other dairy products
  • Meat or Fish scraps and bones
  • Fats, grease, oil, or oily foods
  • Plastic bags, wraps or film
  • Coated or Uncoated Paper and Cardboard (Paper bags, plates, bowls)
  • Non-compostable materials like plastic, metals, foil, glass, or Styrofoam
  • Pet refuse
  • Diseased or insect-infested houseplants and soil
  • Biodegradable or compostable plastics & packaging

How to Bring Your Food Waste to the Market

Acceptable food scraps and organic materials can be collected in covered plastic containers, paper/plastic bags. Please keep in mind that plastic bags are NOT recyclable in the District. We recommend rinsing plastic containers holding the food waste between uses and lining the bottom with shredded newspapers for odor control. Another tip for controlling odors is to store food scraps in the freezer or refrigerator.

Can Businesses Drop Off Materials to Compost?

Commercial food scraps are not accepted. Businesses should contact a local hauler who can handle commercial organic waste.

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