(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser encouraged District residents to participate in a Food Waste Drop-Off Program to help meet the District’s zero waste goal of diverting 80 percent of waste from landfills and waste-to-energy facilities. Nine Farmers’ Markets are designated across the city for residents to drop off their food waste for free.
"The Food Waste Drop-Off Program supports our efforts to become the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the nation,” said Mayor Bowser. “Disposing of food waste in responsibly is one small way we can all help protect the environment and build a more sustainable city.”
Mayor Bowser introduced the Food Waste Drop-Off Program in 2017, as part of her comprehensive Zero Waste D.C. 2.0 Plan to make the District the most sustainable city in the country. The weekly collection program has already collected more than 700,000 pounds of fruit and vegetable scraps from more than 1,700 household participants.
A full list of drop-off locations by ward is below.
Columbia Heights Farmers’ Market, 14th and Kenyon Streets, NW
Dupont Circle Farmers’ Market, 1500 20th Street, NW
Glover Park Burleith Farmers' Market, 34th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, NW
University of District of Columbia Farmers’ Market, 4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Uptown Farmers’ Market, 14th & Kennedy Streets, NW
Brookland Farmers’ Market, 716 Monroe Street, NE
Eastern Market, 635 North Carolina Avenue, SE
Minnesota Avenue Farmers’ Market, 3701 Hayes Street, NE
Ward 8 Farmers’ Market, 3200 6th Street, SE
Food waste is turned into compost, a nutrient rich soil additive that helps grow new fruits and vegetables and other plants. Here’s how to participate:
- Collect food scraps in a sealed container, keep in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to drop off.
- Drop off your food scraps at your designated farmers market.
- Rinse the container and repeat.
For more information about the Food Waste Drop-Off Program, visit zerowaste.dc.gov/foodwastedropoff