District Composting Available Year-Round


District Composting Locations Available Year-Round


Three Food Waste Drop-Off Locations Will Now Be Open Throughout the Winter Season

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is pleased to announce that there will now be three locations open throughout the winter season for residents to bring their food waste to be composted. The food waste drop-off locations at Columbia Heights, Dupont Circle, and Eastern Market will now be open year-round.

“Since the District first launched our Food Waste Drop-Off program in the spring, we’ve seen residents’ interest continue to grow,” said DPW Director Christopher Shorter. “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.”

Earlier this year on Earth Day, Mayor Bowser kicked off DPW’s first citywide Food Waste Drop-Off program. Through the free service, residents are able to drop-off food waste at designated farmers markets in all eight city wards. The food waste collected at these drop-off locations is composted locally at District community composting sites and at the Prince George’s County Organics Compost facility.

As of December 2, the Food Waste Drop-Off program had collected more than 89,000 pounds (44.5+ tons) of organics from more than 10,000 participants in all eight wards. 

Residents are encouraged to drop off the following types of food scraps: vegetables, fruits, grain, bread, pasta, and coffee grounds.

DPW will re-launch the food waste drop-off program for other wards in conjunction with the opening of the farmers market season in May 2018.



Drop-off Day


Columbia Heights Farmers Market

14th and Kenyon Streets, NW



Dupont Circle Farmers Market

1500 20th Street, NW



Eastern Market

635 North Carolina Avenue, SE



Department Of Public Works (DPW)
2000 14th St., NW, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

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Thank you!

On Sunday, December 3, 2017 the Bancroft Elementary PTO and the Mount Pleasant Business Association jointly hosted the second Tree Sale and Holiday Party on Mount Pleasant Street.

From 10am to 4pm, Bancroft PTO volunteers gathered in the parking lot of McCormick Paints, a sponsor of the event. They set up the trees, wreathes, and other holiday decorations for shoppers. A sure sign of success was that by the end of the day, there were only a few left.

At the other end of the street, in the middle of Lamont Park, the Mount Pleasant Business Association and Mount Pleasant Main Street brought together neighborhood organizations and businesses together to host a Puppet Show, Face Painting, and an early visit from Santa Claus, with his friends, the Three Kings.

All photos © Rick Reinhardt 2017