Food Scraps Compost Pilot Program Expanding to Several Farmers Markets

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Fact: In 2021, Fairfax County residents diverted 22 tons of food scraps from the trash stream by bringing them to local farmers markets as part of our food scraps composting pilot program.

Fact: That pilot program is expanding to five farmers markets in 2022. 

Market Locations Accepting Food Scraps

Collect your food scraps at home and bring them to one of the markets listed below. Use something like an old coffee container, food storage container or a compost caddy that is specially designed to hold food scraps. Drop off your food scraps and then shop at the farmers market for fresh produce!

Food scrap drop off is available only during regular market hours. Please do not drop off scraps when the market is closed.

  • Mount Vernon Farmers Market
    Wednesday | 8 a.m. to noon | Beginning April 20
    2501 Sherwood Hall Lane
    Alexandria, VA, 22306
  • Herndon Farmers Market
    Thursday | 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. | Beginning April 28
    765 Lynn St.
    Herndon, VA 20170
  • Kingstowne Farmers Market
    Friday l 3 to 7 p.m. l Beginning on May 6
    5844-5862 Kingstowne Center
    Alexandria, VA 22315
  • Burke Farmers Market
    Saturday | 8 a.m. to noon | Beginning on April 16
    5671 Roberts Parkway
    Burke, VA 22015
  • Mosaic District Farmers Market
    Sunday | 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. | Year round
    2910 District Ave.
    Fairfax, VA 22031

photos of composting tent at farmers market



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


Yeah, You Can Compost That Food 

More than 1,000 types of food scraps and related material can be dropped off (on a voluntary basis).


Learn About the County's 10 Farmers Markets

From Annandale to Lorton to Herndon, find the hours, locations and vendors of all county markets.


Benefits of Food Scrap Composting

Composting lowers greenhouse gases by improving carbon sequestration in the soil and by avoiding methane emissions. In 2021, our pilot program eliminated an estimated 20 tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of taking 50 cars off the road!

If you want to compost but cannot do it at home, our program provides a convenient solution to keep food out of the waste stream. Composting is a sustainable alternative that puts the nutrients from our food scraps back into the earth.


More Information

To learn more or ask questions about the pilot program, contact our Solid Waste Management Program at 703-324-5230 or


compost that graphic: compost more than 1,000 items

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