Composting is a natural process by which organic waste – anything derived from animal or plant sources -- is broken down into a nutrient rich soil amendment called compost. Organic waste includes food scraps, yard waste, paper products and more.
You can compost in almost any setting, from indoor bins in apartments or condos to outdoor bins in backyards. A wide variety of organic waste can be successfully composted such as leaves, yard trimmings, fruit, vegetable scraps, eggshells, meat*, coffee grounds, food soiled paper towels and more.
*Fairfax County’s composting facilities accept meat, animal bones, and dairy items; however, these items are not recommended for your backyard compost bin or pile as they can attract animals.
Food Scraps Drop-off at the Farmers Markets
If you are interested in composting, consider dropping off your scraps at the Fairfax County Farmers Markets! Drop-off is available at all 10 markets and is a great way to put your food scraps to good use. By dropping off your weeks’ worth of scraps at a local Fairfax County Farmers Market, you are reducing landfill waste while also contributing to richer, more nutrient dense soil for agricultural and landscaping purposes.*
*We do not accept yard clippings at the Farmers Markets. If you’d like to compost your yard waste, please drop it off at the I-95 Landfill Complex or the I-66 Transfer Station.