New Pilot Program Promotes Composting Food Waste

April 28, 2017
For Immediate Release

New Pilot Program Promotes Composting Food Waste

Once you separate out regular recyclables - what's left? Much of our trash is actually food waste, and that too can be recycled by turning it into compost. Whether it's the food that's left on a picky eater's plate, to the science experiment in your crisper drawer, food waste can have a second life.

Fairfax County's Solid Waste Management Program (SWMP) is promoting a pilot program to encourage the growth of local companies that collect food waste (also called organics waste) from homes, events, businesses, etc., and turn it into compost. The compost can then be used as a high-quality soil amendment in residential backyards, farms, and landscaping projects.

The first company to register with Fairfax County is The Compost Crew, LLC, based in Silver Spring, MD. The company will provide service to customers in Fairfax County either as a subscription service (they pick up weekly) or for special events such as weddings and conferences. Once registered with the county, contact information for food waste collection companies like the Compost Crew will be published on the Fairfax County website, similar to the published list of licensed solid waste collectors.

"We are pleased to see Compost Crew set such a high standard as the first company to register with our program," said Charlie Forbes, Chief of Recycling with the Solid Waste Management Program. "The company operates equipment specifically designed to protect the environment, and the staff are well-trained and highly motivated."

While not an endorsement, being listed as a registered food waste composter lets potential customers know that the company's equipment and operations have been reviewed, and that customers can have confidence that the composter is operating in a safe and sustainable manner, following best practices for safe sanitation and protection of public health.

"We're excited to launch our subscription service in Fairfax County and appreciate the support and flexibility we've been shown by the county, which has set intelligent standards, but is allowing this new idea to get off to a good start," said Ryan Walter, co-founder of the Compost Crew.

The Compost Crew is providing food waste receptacles at SpringFest Fairfax, the county's annual Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration, on April 29, at Sully Historic Site.

If you or someone you know is interested in registering as a food waste collection company, please call the Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230, TTY 711.

New Pilot Program Promotes Composting Food Waste


Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer 
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services 
703-324-8455, TTY 711


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