Composting Program

Welcome to the City of Falls Church’s 24-hour community compost program, the first program of its kind in the DC region.This unique composting opportunity provides members of the community with a place to drop off food waste and participate in an environmentally-friendly form of waste disposal.
Community Compost Program

Who Can Use the Bins?

These bins are available to anyone who lives or works in our community. We ask participants to review our compost rules just to make sure everyone using the bin knows what can and can’t be composted. Early success hinges on our accuracy. All bins are unlocked and open to the public for use at any time.


Participation is free! And we often give away free finished compost to participants at our Farmers Market Collection Station (see below).


The City currently has one community drop-off location. It is located in back of the City Hall and Community Center parking lot (300 Park Ave), in a fenced enclosure next to the tennis courts. Enter the enclosure using the sliding door.

Questions & Feedback

As this is an ongoing pilot program, feedback is critical to ensuring long term success. We would love to know what you think!  Simply send us an email, give us a call at 703-248-5456 (TTY 711) or stop by the Farmers Market Collection Station.

Food Waste Collection Station at the Farmers Market

Participants can drop off food waste to the Farmers Market collection station to properly dispose of the waste at no charge. Two gallon reusable composting bins can be purchased for $5 at the market, or residents may use their own composting bins.

The food waste will be taken to a local composting facility managed by City contractor Veteran Compost where it will be turned into a consumer product that can be used as a soil amendment.

For more information please contact the Solid Waste Coordinator Chris McGough at 703-248-5456 (TTY 711).
Items Allowed in Compost:
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts
  • Coffee Grounds
  • Breads, Cereals, Pasta, and Rice
  • Egg Shells
  • Flowers
  • Paper Towels and Napkins (kitchen only)
  • Uncoated Paper Bags and Plates (food debris okay)
  • Tea Bags and Loose Tea
Composting Yes/No

Compost Workshops

Learn how to compost at home! The City offers two classes to help residents get started - a backyard composting workshop and a build your own composter class, Visit our compost workshops page for current offerings.