Composting Pilot Program Expanding to Several Farmers Markets

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If you want to compost but cannot do it at home, Farmers Market Composting provides a convenient solution to keep food out of the waste stream.

Beginning June 23, our pilot program that began in November 2020 at the I-66 Transfer Station and the I-95 Landfill Complex is expanding to make the service available at three county-operated farmers markets and one non-profit market thanks to a partnership between the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and the Park Authority. 

Food scrap composting diverts our food waste to a beneficial use. When we compost organic waste, it is used as a natural fertilizer or soil amendment, where the nutrients are put back into the soil.

Picture of food scraps being composted


  • Wednesday | 8 a.m. to noon | Through Dec. 22
    Mount Vernon Farmers Market  
    2501 Sherwood Hall Lane
    Alexandria, VA, 22306
  • Thursday | 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Through Nov. 4 
    Herndon Farmers Market
    765 Lynn St.
    Herndon, VA, 20170
  • Saturday | 8 a.m. to noon | Through Dec. 18
    Burke Farmers Market
    5671 Roberts Parkway
    Burke, VA, 22015
  • Sunday | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Year-round
    Mosaic District Farmers Market (operated by FRESHFARM)
    2910 District Ave
    Fairfax, VA 22031

*Food scraps drop off is available only during regular market hours. Please verify market hours before heading out to drop off your food scraps. Do not drop off scraps when the market is closed. 


7 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week

  • I-66 Transfer Station
    4618 West Ox Road
    Fairfax, VA  22030
  • I-95 Landfill Complex
    9850 Furnace Road
    Lorton, VA 22079

Picture of Strawberry; Text: Yeah, You Can Compost That



For more information, visit our web pages on composting food scraps and composting organic waste. To learn more or ask questions about the pilot program, contact our Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230 or email

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