Zero Waste
Zero Waste

Food Waste Drop-Off


District residents can now drop off food waste at designated farmers' markets in all eight District wards free of charge. The food waste will be taken to a local composting site where it will be turned into compost, an environmentally friendly-soil amendment. Come visit us at one of our farmers’ market locations and ask our compost experts for more information!

Kitchen Caddie Giveaway

On Earth Day weekend (April 21-22), DPW will be giving away kitchen caddies to the first 50 participants at each open drop-off location to help residents compost their food waste. Food Waste Drop-Off sites will re-launch in conjunction with the farmers’ market season. DPW will be giving away kitchen caddies to the first 50 participants on the market’s opening day for any markets launching past Earth Day weekend.

Spring 2018 Market Season Information

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

Program Launch Date
Drop-Off Times
Columbia Heights Farmers' Market
14th and Kenyon Streets, NW
Open Now
Dupont Circle Farmers' Market
1500 20th Street, NW
Open Now
Glover Park Burleith Farmers' Market
34th and Wisconsin Ave., NW
May 19, 2018
University of District of Columbia Farmers' Market
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
May 5, 2018
14th and Kennedy Farmers' Market
14th and Kennedy St., NW
Apr 14, 2018
Brookland Farmers' Market
716 Monroe St., NE
Apr 21, 2018
Eastern Market (in front of Rumsey Pool)
635 North Carolina Avenue, SE
Open Now
Minnesota Ave Farmers' Market
3924 Minnesota Ave, NE
June 2, 2018
Ward 8 Farmers' Market
3200 6th St., NE
June 2, 2018


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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