Three city composting sites to remain open throughout the winter

Farmers markets, including this one in Dupont Circle, have been highly popular in many D.C. neighborhoods. (Susann Shin/The Current/March 2017)

Three composting locations will stay open throughout the winter for residents to drop off their food waste, according to a release from the D.C. Department of Public Works.

Current locations in Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill will now remain open year-round. The program will resume in other parts of the city in May. The free drop-off service for residents began earlier this year with locations at designated farmers markets in all eight wards.

“Since the District first launched our Food Waste Drop-Off program in the spring, we’ve seen residents’ interest continue to grow,” department director Christopher Shorter said in the release. “With locations now open throughout the winter months, we’re able to provide residents with an easy way to compost their leftover food scraps year-round.”

Accepted items include vegetables, fruits, grain, bread, pasta and coffee grounds. The waste is handled at District community composting sites and the Prince George’s County Organics Compost facility. The program had collected more than 89,000 pounds of organics from more than 10,000 participants as of Dec. 2, the release states.

The drop-off sites still open are at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market (Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Dupont Circle Farmers Market (Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.) and Eastern Market (Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).