Composting Program

Food Waste Collection Station at the Farmers Market

Participants can drop off food waste to the Farmers Market collection station to properly dispose of the waste at no charge. Two gallon reusable composting bins can be purchased for $5 at the market, or residents may use their own composting bins.

The food waste will be taken to a local composting facility managed by City contractor Veteran Compost where it will be turned into a consumer product that can be used as a soil amendment.

For more information please contact the Solid Waste Coordinator Chris McGough at 703-248-5456 (TTY 711).
Items Allowed in Compost:
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Breads, Cereals, Pasta, and Rice
  • Egg Shells
  • Flowers
  • Paper Towels and Napkins (kitchen only)
  • Uncoated Paper Bags and Plates (food debris okay)
  • Tea Bags and Loose Tea
Composting Yes/No

Pilot Curbside Food Waste Collection Program

Thanks to a unique partnership with The Compost Crew, residents of the City can sign up for curbside food waste collection at discounted rates.

Participants will be provided a 5-gallon collection container with a screw-top, liners, and weekly curbside collection. Long term participants may qualify to receive free finished compost.

What is Collected?

Unlike the “vegan” program noted above, this collection includes an expanded list of accepted food scraps including meats, seafood, dairy, etc. Visit Compost Crew’s website for a detailed list.

Pilot Program

A three month pilot was launched January 2016 to provide interested residents a way to experiment with curbside food waste collection at a low cost. Thanks to the pilot's success, a discounted monthly rate is offered to any interested resident.

Cost & Eligibility

The cost is $20 per month and is open to any City of Falls Church resident. 

How to Sign Up

Sign up online at the Compost Crew’s website. Do you want more information or have a question? Chat with us at the Farmers Market food waste collection station, send us an email at or call 703-248-5456 (TTY 711).

Compost Workshops

Learn how to compost at home!  The City offers two classes to help residents get started - a backyard composting workshop and a build your own composter class,  Visit our compost workshops page for current offerings.