Come Compost with Us!

DPW to Kick Off 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 citywide Food Waste Drop-Off program for Ward 4 at 14th & Kennedy Farmers Market on Saturday, May 13. 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! The first 30 drop off participants will receive a free basil plant.

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 implemented in all eight wards by the first week of June (additional sites will launch in conjunction with the opening of the farmers market season). More information is available at: dpw.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff

Ward Farmers Market Name Address Program Launch Date Drop-Off Times
1 Columbia Heights Farmers Market 14th and Kenyon St. NW May 13, 2017 9 am – 1 pm
2 Glover Park Burleith Farmers Market 34th and Wisconsin Ave. NW May 13, 2017 9 am – 1 pm
3 University of the District of Columbia 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW May 20, 2017 9 am – 1 pm
4 14th and Kennedy Farmers Market 14th and Kennedy May 13, 2017 9 am – 1 pm
5 Brookland Farmers Market 716 Monroe St NE May 13, 2017 9 am – 1 pm
6 Eastern Market
(in front of Rumsey Pool)
635 North Carolina Ave. SE April 22, 2017 9 am – 1 pm
7 Parkside-Kenilworth Farmers Market 750 Parkside NE May 20, 2017 9 am – 1 pm
8 Ward 8 Farmers Market 3200 6th St. SE June 3, 2017 9 am – 1 pm



Kevin B. Twine

Staff Assistant

Office Of The Director

Department Of Public Works (DPW)

2000 14th St., NW, 6th Floor

Washington, DC 20009

Ph: 202-673-7084

DPW: 202-673-6833

Fax: 202-202-671-0642



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