A new program will allow D.C. residents to drop off their food waste at designated farmers markets on Saturdays, so the waste can be sent to a local composting facility and converted into nutrient-rich soil fertilizer.
The free service will be available at farmers markets in each ward as they open for the season throughout May, with participating markets including Columbia Heights (14th and Kenyon streets NW), Glover Park/Burleith (34th Street and Wisconsin Avenue NW), the University of the District of Columbia (4340 Connecticut Ave. NW), and the 14th and Kennedy Market. Locations and drop-off times are available at dpw.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff.
Residents are asked to collect food scraps that contain vegetables, fruits, grain, bread, pasta and coffee grounds, according to the program’s website, which offers details on acceptable and non-acceptable items for composting. The food waste should be stored in covered plastic containers or paper or plastic bags.
Mayor Muriel Bowser celebrated the kickoff of the new drop-off program on Earth Day at Eastern Market, along with various local officials including D.C. Department of Energy & Environment director Tommy Wells. At the end of the April 22 event, the city’s Urban Forestry Administration used compost from one of the program’s food collection facilities to plant five new trees, according to a release.