Composting Resource Recovery Stations

City residents can drop off food waste to be composted at designated weekend Farmers' Markets. Food waste will be composted, a rich soil amendment.

Page updated on Apr 7, 2020 at 3:40 PM

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Composting Resource Recovery Stations

Farmers Markets Food WasteThe Department of Transportation & Environmental Services' Resource Recovery Division operates Food Waste Drop-Off Stations, located at four of the City's Farmers' Markets. City residents can drop off food waste free of charge. The food waste will be taken to a local composting site and processed into compost, a rich soil amendment. Staff will be on site to explain how to compost food and yard waste at home, and accept items for composting.

Compost buckets are available to purchase; each one conveniently has a lid, handle, and small enough to transport food waste to and from home, disposing items at the stations located at the Farmers' Markets.


Old Town Farmers' Market
Market Square, 301 King Street
Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Open Year Round

Del Ray Farmers' Market
Corner of East Oxford & Mount Vernon Avenues
Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Open Year Round

Four Mile Run Farmers' Market
4109 Mount Vernon Avenue
Sundays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Open Year Round

West End Farmers' Market 
4800 Brenman Park Drive 
Sundays, 8.30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
May through October

Please note, market locations and dates are subject to change. Services may be delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather or other rare circumstances. Updates regarding any changes are shared on our social media channels ( Twitter, Facebook, Instagram). 

Materials Accepted

Compost BucketThe following items CAN be placed into food waste collection buckets for composting:

  • Fruit and vegetable scraps 
  • Bread, pasta, rice, grains, & cereal
  • Nuts, beans, seeds (including shells/hulls)
  • Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags (no foil or foil-backed products)
  • Egg Shells
  • Flowers

Materials Not Accepted 

The following items CANNOT be placed in food waste buckets:

  • Meat, fish, shellfish (including bones)
  • Dairy products (cheese,  butter, ice cream, etc.)
  • Fats, oils or grease
  • Pet waste
  • Foam
  • Plastic bags, wrap, & film
  • Yard waste
  • Rubber bands and small fruit labels
  • Diapers

Program Flyer

Compost Yes/No 2019
2019 Resource Recovery Stations Flyer