Food Waste Collection


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Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey regarding our collection program. Your responses will help us improve the quality of our services. Please click on this link to fill the survey: Food Waste Collection Survey

About the Food Waste Collection Pilot Program

The City of Takoma Park food waste collection program begun on mid-February of 2013. The program aims to make it easier for residents to get rid of household food waste in a sustainable fashion — according to the data from the current pilot program almost 30% of what would otherwise be thrown away for incineration could be composted.

The City is in process of expanding its food waste collection program throughout the City. Currently, the City collects from approximately 900 household from Tuesday, Thursday and a part of Wednesday trash route. The expansion will now include households from Friday and the remaining part of Wednesday Trash Route. 

Households that have not yet participated in the program will get an opportunity to participate through targeted mailing and the Participation is voluntary.

Information For Participants

Participants receive a 5 gallon plastic bucket with a tight sealing lid and a supply of compostable bin liners. Curbside collection takes place once a week. Participants should have their containers at the curb by 6:00 am on the collection day.

The food waste collection pilot program will provide a limited supply of compostable plastic bags to each participant. Once the supply has run out, participants can purchase compostable bin liners from local stores such as Ace Hardware external link icon and the TPSS Co-Opexternal link icon  An alternative to compostable bags is to use a paper bag, or no bag at all. Frequent cleaning of the container will probably be necessary to keep odors down.

Please direct your questions and concerns related to the program to:

Nima Upadhyay
Special Projects Coordinator
Department of Public Works
Phone: 301-891-7621

What is Accepted/ Unaccepted?

Accepted Unaccepted
  • Fruit and vegetable scraps (fresh or cooked)
  • Fats, oils, grease
  • Meat, fish, shellfish (including bones)
  • Facial tissues
  • Dairy products (cheese, butter, ice cream, etc.)
  • Styrofoam
  • Bread, pasta, rice, grains, cereal, baked goods, etc.
  • Pet waste
  • Nuts, beans, seeds (including shells/hulls)
  • Diapers
  • Coffee grounds, filters, tea bags (no foil or foil-backed products)
  • Paper products (paper towels, napkins, & paper plates)
  • Pizza boxes (remove non-food items)
  • Chopsticks & popsicle sticks

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Registration Form

Takoma Park Food Waste Collection Registration Form

NOTE: Registration is only available to households in certain areas. Please review the text and map below. Households in the pilot program area will receive mail from Public Works staff with instructions about the food waste collection pilot program. If you haven't received anything from us recently regarding the program, please check back in mid-December.

Enter your full name here.
Enter your email address here.
Enter your Takoma Park street address here. Your household must be in the pilot area to participate.
Enter the total number of people living in your household.