Put the Earth Back in Earth Day: Agricity to Launch DC’s Food Scrap Drop-Off Program.

We’re proud to share that Agricity has been selected by the District of Columbia’s Department of Public Works to launch and manage the District’s first-ever citywide compost collection program. Compost Cab, our pioneering community composting service, will operate free residential food scrap drop-off points on Saturday mornings at farmers markets in all eight wards of the city, creating unprecedented access to composting for every single District resident.

The program kicks off this Saturday 4/22 – Happy Earth Day! The launch event at Eastern Market features Mayor Muriel Bowser and other senior city officials.

Compost Cab launched in 2010 with a simple mission: make it easy for people to compost, and make it easier for urban agriculture to thrive. Since then, we’ve been tireless advocates for sustainability in general, and community composting in particular, in and around DC. We’re grateful and excited to have the opportunity to work on this project. And we’re proud of the public/private/not-for-profit collaboration that’s taking place to make it happen.

The District of Columbia has ambitious zero-waste goals and a deep commitment to being a sustainability leader. By selecting Agricity, the District is enabling our community-first approach to organics recycling as a tool for building healthier, more sustainable cities, one bag of food scraps at a time.

When Compost Cab made its first residential food scrap collections in 2010, we introduced a new model for community composting. Since then, we’ve seen our ideas take hold in city after city, as entrepreneurs nationwide have embraced our model and adapted it to support their own communities. We aim to have a similar impact with the new drop-off program. Whenever possible, we’ll be working with and expanding our distributed network of small-scale, community composting partners to put the scraps we collect back to work in the their own neighborhoods.

The DC food scraps drop-off program takes place on Saturdays 9a-1p citywide. Here’s where, with launch dates for each farmers market site:

Ward 1 – Columbia Heights (5/13)

Ward 2 – Glover Park / Burleith (5/13)

Ward 3 – UDC (5/20)

Ward 4 – 14th and Kennedy (5/13)

Ward 5 – Brookland (5/13)

Ward 6 – Eastern Market (4/22 – Earth Day!)

Ward 7 – Parkside – Kenilworth (5/13)

Ward 8 – Ward 8 (6/3)

Since 2011, Compost Cab has operated an independent food scraps drop-off point at FreshFarm’s Dupont Circle Farmers Market on Sunday mornings. We look forward to continuing to provide this service at the city’s largest, longest-running, producer-only farmers market.

About Agricity

Agricity, and its Compost Cab service, were founded by Jeremy Brosowsky in 2010 with a commitment to building healthier, more sustainable, more productive cities. The company received a 2016 District Sustainability Award for its work. Agricity is based at 1776, the local technology and innovation hub.

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