The Department of Public Works
DPW to Kick Off Earth Day with DC’s First Citywide Food Waste Drop Off Program in Your Neighborhood! Come Compost with Us!
The Department of Public Works (DPW) will launch the first citywide Food Waste Drop-Off program at Eastern Market’s farmers market on Saturday, April 22. District residents wishing to compost the food waste they generate from home for FREE are encouraged to bring, in a sealed container, acceptable compostable food waste items such as fruits, vegetable scraps and food scraps made from grains (breads, grains, cereals , rice and pasta), coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg shells, household flowers and nuts and nutshells. After dropping off your food waste, simply take your container back with you and reuse the following week!
Food dropped off at all sites will be turned into compost soil, a natural soil additive that helps grow new food and plants. Through this new initiative, DPW intends to: 1-Divert and compost up to 160 tons of food waste in the first year; 2-Bring awareness to organic waste recovery and the benefits of composting, and 3-Provide tips on how residents can reduce food waste at home.
DPW’s Food Waste Drop Off is a free service, with sites to be announced in all eight wards by the first week of June (additional sites will launch in conjunction with the opening of the farmers market season). A full list of the drop-off locations and market opening dates, as well as information on how residents can obtain free compost, is available atdpw.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff