Food Scrap Drop-Off

New Location in Old Town

New Location!

Instead of putting food scraps in the trash, City residents can drop them off for FREE 24/7 at the following locations:

  • Department of Public Works (9217 51st Avenue)
  • Old Town Playground/Community Garden (7504 Columbia Avenue). Ths new drop-off location is in the southern part of the City, near the corner of Norwich Road and Columbia Avenue, just north of the Old Town Playground.

5-Gallon Buckets still available!

Five-gallon food scrap buckets are still available at Public Works. Pick up during regular business hours (Mon-Fri 7:30 am to 4:00 pm). The buckets are useful to transport collected food scraps to the drop off location.

Over 12 tons of food scraps have been diverted from the landfill since the start of the drop-off program in April 2019. Collecting food scraps and food soiled paper products is easy. When preparing meals, separate food scraps from other garbage to divert this organic material from regular household trash that is disposed at the landfill. Food scraps that are collected separately are taken to the Prince George’s County Organics Compost facility for processing into a product that can be used for gardening projects.

Acceptable items: fruit and vegetable scraps; coffee grounds and tea leaves; dry goods - breads, pasta, nuts, rice and grains; dairy products, eggs and egg shells; meat, fish, poultry and bones – cooked or uncooked; food soiled paper products – napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, and tea bags.

Please DO NOT include plastic products of any kind, pet or human waste, diapers, clam or oyster shells, grease or fats, or ash from wood or charcoal.

For more information about how to collect or drop-off food scraps, please visit

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