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Zero Waste
Zero Waste

Food & Yard Waste - Residents

Women serving food to the community.

Food Waste Prevention & Donation

Stopping food waste before it begins and donating food is the best practice before composting or anaerobically digesting waste. Learn about food donation and waste prevention here

Young man and women working a booth for Food Waste Drop-Off

Food Waste Drop-Off

District residents can drop-off food waste to be composted at designated farmers markets and community sites. The drop-off locations are open on the weekends in all eight wards.

Compost starter kit delivered to door.

Curbside Composting Pilot Program

DPW is currently hosting a year-long Curbside Composting Pilot Program for residents in the District. Learn more.

Grasscycling flyer of a Man mowing lawn

Learn How to Grasscycle

"Grasscycling" is the simple act of leaving your grass clippings on the lawn after you have mowed. The result is a healthier-looking lawn that saves you time and money! Learn more.

DPW Worker picking up leaves

Leaf Collection

Every fall, DPW collects leaves at least twice by “vacuuming” the leaves residents rake into their tree boxes. These leaves are then composted.

Find the leaf collection schedule and status for your neighborhood.

Workers picking up Holiday Trees into a city truck

Holiday Trees

Each January, holiday trees and greenery are collected from the curb in front of residential households serviced by DPW. These trees, along with any greenery brought to the Fort Totten Transfer Station, will be composted. Visit here to find out when holiday trees and greenery will be collected this year for composting.

A community Composting 3 bin system

Community Composting

Join one of 50 DC Department of Parks and Recreation’s (DPR) critter-proof Community Compost Cooperatives around the city to compost your food scraps with garden waste as a community. Or take the DPR Master Urban Composter Course to learn how to start and manage a community composting site.



Man sorting through compost and dirt

Pick-Up Free Mulch

DPW will allow District residents to fill up to five 32-gallon bags (bring your own bags and shovel) of free mulch or compost Wednesday - Friday 10A - 2P and Saturday 7A - 2P, at the Fort Totten Transfer Station, 4900 John McCormack Rd NE. This program will be temporarily suspended beginning July 6, 2024.