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City of F.C. Pilots Food Waste Composting Program

The City of Falls Church announced this morning that they are piloting a food waste composting program for the City’s residents. Two gallon reusable composting bins will be available for $5 at the Falls Church Farmers’ Market beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m. – noon. This program is championed by the Green Team, a City of Falls Church multi-departmental employee committee.

Residents can drop off food waste to the Farmers’ Market collection station at no charge and can also use their own composting bins. Items allowed for composting include fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee grounds, breads, cereals, pasta and rice, egg shells, flowers, paper towels and napkins, non-coated paper bags and plates (food debris okay), tea bags and loose tea.

The City will take the collected food waste to a composting facility in Prince George’s County where it will be turned into a consumer product that can be used as a soil amendment. The pilot program will run through November and could continue if interest is high and funding is available. For more information, visit or call the City’s Solid Waste Coordinator Chris McGough at 703-248-5456.