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Welcome to Zero Waste DC

The District’s one-stop resource on reducing waste, recycling, composting, and special waste handling.

What Goes Where?

Have you ever been unsure about which items can be recycled, or which items are considered too hazardous to put in your trash bin? With our new “What Goes Where?” tool, we’ve taken the guesswork out. Simply type in the name of the item you have a question about, and information will be provided on how best to dispose of it in the District.

*Note: Collection schedules for commercial and multi-family properties with four or more units will not appear in this tool. Check with your waste service provider to find out more.

DC Home Hot Composting Virtual Workshop

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Learn how to compost at home in your backyard. After attending the workshop, residents will qualify for a rebate, up to $75, towards the purchase of a traditional backyard home composting system. Attendance is required to qualify for the rebate. Note: This workshop will qualify you to apply for a rebate that covers a HOT composting bin only. If you are interested in WORM composting (inside your home), you would need to take our vermicomposting workshop. At this time, you cannot receive a rebate for both. The program is set up to award only one rebate per household.


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The Department of Public Works is happy to send a staff member to present to your community group, office, business, agency, or school on District Zero Waste Programs and Services.



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