Falls Church Composts

​Why Compost?

Food scraps, spoiled food, food-soiled paper – collectively known as organics or organic waste – comprise around 25% of the waste inside an average Falls Church resident's trash cart.

Instead of throwing away organic waste as trash, separate it for composting so it can enrich our environment, not damage it.

Residents of the City of Falls Church have long been among the top recyclers in Virginia.  And thanks to the early popularity of compost pilot programs, we are the first jurisdiction in the state to offer such a wide variety of composting options.  Give composting a try today and realize we are not that far away from a zero waste future!

Food Waste Drop-Off

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 hauling and composting is provided by the City's contractor, Veteran Compost.


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. 

Items Allowed in Compost:

  • Dairy, Cheese
  • Meats, Seafood, Bones
  • Compostable Liners, Kitchenware
  • 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

Curbside Food Waste Program

We are excited to announce the City's first ever curbside food waste collection service! 

This pilot program consists of weekly pick-ups of your food scraps, meat, dairy, grains, egg shells, napkins, and much more. Visit the Curbside Compost page for full details. 

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.

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.  Compostable liners are also available for sale.
The food waste will be taken to a local composting facility where it will be turned into a consumer product that can be used as a soil amendment.  The City periodically makes finished compost available to participants at the market collection station.  Please inquire for details!

SPECIAL OFFER TO NEW PARTICIPANTS: We will provide free 'starter packs' - a kitchen caddy and pack of compostable liners - to City residents who pledge to participate in any of the City's compost programs! Available while supplies last. Non-City residents may continue to purchase bins or compostable liners. Email recycling@fallschurchva.gov or call 703-248-5466 (TTY 711) with any questions.