Food Composting

Turn Food Scraps

The City of Annapolis is proud to announce two Food Waste Composting options for City Residents.  These composting options will be available from October 1, 2021 - March 30, 2022.  These options will demonstrate the feasibility and impact of Food Waste Collection as a municipal service.

Organics  are  a resource, not a waste! By participating in the organics recycling program,  your food scraps and non-recyclable paper products are recycled into compost to be used in your garden.

Curbside Pilot Program serving the Hunt Meadow Community.

Truxtun Park Drop-off location serving City Residents

How Does It Work

The City of Annapolis has partnered with Annapolis Compost to provide this pilot program.
  1. Sign up at annapoliscompost.com/hunt-meadow to get your composting kit!
  2. Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning spoiled food out of the refrigerator. Include paper towels, napkins, paper coffee filters and coffee grounds into your kitchen pail. See below for the list of compostable items. It all adds up!
  3. Empty your kitchen compost pail including the compostable liner, into your compost bucket for collection.
  4. Place your compost pail out at the curb in front of your house for weekly collection.

How Does It Work

The City of Annapolis is working with Annapolis Green to provide this drop-off location at Truxtun Park.
  1. Collect food scraps while preparing meals, scraping plates and cleaning spoiled food out of the refrigerator. Include paper towels, napkins, paper coffee filters and coffee grounds. See below for the list of compostable items.  It all adds up!
  2. Place your food scraps into a compostable bag, bucket, or paper bag (not coated).  No Plastic Bags.
  3. Take your food waste to the Truxtun Park drop off location in the boat ramp parking lot near the skate board park on Truxton Park Road. 
  4. Please complete the log in sheet at the drop off location so we can get a sense of who is participating.
  5. Place food waste in the containers.  If using a bucket please empty into container.  Remember to close the lid.

What Can I Compost?

Please place food waste in compostable bags, paper bags, or loose in the container for collection.

  • All prepared, cooked & spoiled foods
  • Bread, grains & pasta - no raw dough
  • Coffee grounds, paper coffee filters, tea bags & loose tea
  • Dairy products - milk, butter & cheese - no containers
  • Eggs & egg shells
  • Fruits & vegetables
  • Meat & poultry, including bones
  • Seafood & shellfish
  • Food-stained pizza boxes & paper bags
  • Paper ice cream containers
  • Compostable bags & cutlery
  • Paper Towels & napkins - kitchen only
  • Paper plates - only uncoated or compostable

Not Compostable

Place in your BLUE City recycling container

  • Plastic bottles & containers
  • Aluminum or steel cans
  • Aluminum foil & pans - clean
  • Glass bottles & jars
  • Clean paper & cardboard
  • Rigid plastics
Place in your TRASH container

  • Plastic bags, wrappers, or film plastic (or single source collection like the grocery store)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Grease or fats
  • Facial tissue, diapers
  • Pet waste including cat liter

Place all Yard Waste in your GREEN City Container

Why Should I Compost?


40 % of all food produced in the US ends up in the trash,   making up 20% of all landfills.

Helps divert materials going into the landfills, minimizing the amount of   methane, greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere.

Restores soil health by enriching with nutrients, assisting in moisture retention.  Adding compost to soil prevents  erosion and storm water runoff.

Reduces need for costly chemical fertilizers—reducing the pollution burden on our waterways.

Next steps:  

DPW will evaluate the feasibility for creating a  city wide composting program after the pilot.

You could also give home Composting a try.