Food Scrap Drop Off


The City of Annapolis is proud to announce that City Resident's can drop-off food scraps into the collection containers at Truxtun Park near the Skatepark at 300 Truxtun Park Road during normal park hours. 

To access the collection containers, City Residents will need to sign-up to receive the access code.  This will enable the City to keep residents informed about changes to the program.

Dropoff loc map

How Does it Work

Food Scraps are a resource, not a waste! By participating in the Food Scrap Drop-off program, your food scraps and non-recyclable paper products are recycled into compost.

  1. Sign up today using the link.  Beginning May 16th you will need an access code to unlock the containers.
  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. See below for the list of compostable items. It all adds up!
  3. Place your food scraps into a compostable bag, bucket, or paper bag (not coated). No Plastic Bags.
  4. Take your food waste to the Truxtun Park drop off location near the Skatepark at 300 Truxtun Park Road.
  5. Place food waste in the containers. If using a bucket please empty into container. 
  6. Close the lid and RELOCK the containers.
  7. When you get home continue collecting food scraps for recycling.

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.
  • Helps divert materials going into the landfills. Minimize the amount of methane, greenhouse gas emissions released into the atmosphere.
  • Restores soil health by enriching with nutrients, assisting in moisture retention.  
  • Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and prevents pollution of our waterways.

You could also give Backyard Compostinga try.


Refuse, Recycling and Yard Trim

145 Gorman Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-263-7949
Emergency Phone: 410-224-3140
Fax: 410-263-3322
Monday - Friday
(8:30 am -4:30 pm)
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