Growing local food from compost.

Drop Off Program

Do you need a solution for time-to-time food scrap drop-offs? We’ve got you covered!

We’re thrilled to operate the District of Columbia’s first-ever Food Scrap Drop-Off Program. It’s a free composting solution creating unprecedented access to composting for every single District resident. Launched on Earth Day 2017, we have eight drop-off points — one in each ward of the city! — during the farmers market season. Three drop-off points operate year-round.

Since 2011, Compost Cab has run our independent drop-off point at FreshFarm’s Dupont Circle market. This tent is now part of the Food Scrap Drop-Off Program and you can continue to drop off food scraps year round. But wait! You can still find Compost Cab at the Dupont market offering compost bins, compostable liners, finished compost, and more! The Dupont schedule and directions are here.


Market FAQ:

What hours can I drop off?

At Dupont Circle: We accept compost drop-off during all regular market hours, every Sunday from 8:30am – 1pm. At all Saturday DPW Drop-Off sites: First days for each market can be found here. Hours are 9a-1p. 

How Does It Work?  

You collect your food scraps in your own container, and then drop them off with us at Market. We recommend keeping your scraps in a container in the freezer to best manage odors or rotting. We will then process those scraps into compost at a local farm, garden or composting center. That’s it!

What Can I Compost?

  • See here! (pdf)
  • All fruit and vegetable scraps – including rinds, cores, & seeds.
  • Bread, cookies, crackers, pasta – pretty much anything made of flour.
  • Grains, cooked or uncooked – rice, oats, barley, wheat, etc.
  • Coffee grounds, tea bags  (no staples, please), filters.
  • Herbs and spices.
  • Egg shells (crushed well).
  • Nuts and nutshells (except black walnuts).
  • Food-Soiled paper napkins and paper towels.
  • Cut flowers ( cut the stems into small pieces)

What Can’t I Compost?

  • Meat, poultry, or fish, including bones, fat, gristle, skin, etc.
  • Dairy products, including cheese, butter, yogurt, sour cream, etc.
  • Grease, oil, or sauce of any kind.
  • Eggs (but eggshells are great!)
  • Compostable packaging, paper, personal care items.

How do I Optimize Scraps for Composting?

  • The smaller the pieces, the quicker they’ll break down in the compost pile, so please snap that corn cob in half and cut up those whole fruits and veggies.
  • Remove stickers, twist ties, elastics, and all plastic wrappings and bags.

How Should I Transport Food Scraps?   

You can bring your compostables in whatever container works for your space, but here is our order of preference:

  • Compostable Bags.
  • Reusable container, like a bin or tupperware container that you can take back with you.
  • Paper Bags.
  • Regular Plastic Bags. (But we’d really, really prefer not.)

Do I get any compost back?  

Nope. Sorry. We don’t have a soil exchange option for market drop-off composters. But we do have bags of finished compost and worms castings for sale at Dupont Circle.

How do I sign up?  

Signup is not required, drop off as needed.


We’re seeking more opportunities to build compost drop off sites like the one at Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market. If you know of a good location / event please let us know at

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