Composting Center

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The City of Fairfax Composting Center will remain OPEN and operational until further notice. As always, the health, safety, and well-being of our residents, and community is of paramount concern. We will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation.  

In an effort to prevent possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus, we ask all of our participants to honor these recommendations for the health and safety of all program participants and collection drivers:

·     Wash your hands often with soap and water.   

·     After emptying your caddies or bins, take extra precautions and wipe them down sanitation wipes or sprays containing at least 60% alcohol.

·     Secure used composting bags so food scraps are securely contained within the bag. This prevents drivers from directly touching food scraps.

·     Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth after handling your compost and the drop-off containers at the Composting Center.

The City's 24-hour Composting Center is Open!  

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The Fairfax City 24-hour Composting Center is located at City Hall, adjacent to the Community Garden. Those who live and work in the city are invited to drop off food scraps in the composting carts at the center. 

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 Use Compostable Bags Only - No plastic bags!

Compostable_Bag_Example_2018_305pxLoose_Bag_NO_305pxFood scraps must be placed in approved certified compostable bags before being dropped of at the Composting Center. Free certified compostable bags will be available at the Composting Center.  Compostable bags will usually be tinted green and will have the certified compostable logo(s) printed directly on the bag.   

What Materials can be Composted at the Composting Center?  

Please review the below compost guidelines and be sure to include only those items:

*Download print friendly Composting Center Acceptable Items Guide

  • Download the Detailed List, for a more detailed list of acceptable and unacceptable items. 
  • Download the Paper Composting Guide for more information on what types of paper material are accepted at the Composting Center. 

Yes! Compost these items!

 No! Don't compost these items!