The Department of the Environment, DoE is piloting the curbside collection of food scraps in a project funded by an Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) grant. This one year pilot affords DoE the opportunity to gain vital information for food scrap collection, prior to the implementation of a Countywide food scrap collection program. Approximately 140 participants from the targeted communities of PepperMill/Carmody Hills, Wilburn, and parts of Tantallon/Fort Washington have agreed to assist in pioneering this effort. Participants are provided with the necessary materials, including a 35 gallon wheeled cart, a kitchen bin, a one time supply of compostable liners, a refrigerator magnet, along with a How-To Guide and Frequently Asked Questions,( FAQ's).
Food and food-soiled paper items, including paper towels, plates and napkins, pizza boxes and ice cream containers may be composted by setting out at the curb by 6:30 a.m. for Monday collection. For the purposes of the pilot, residents are asked to include only food and food-related items in the cart for collection. The County wants to gauge the amount of food and related materials that are diverted from landfills. Residents may continue to place yard trim beside the cart in paper yard trim bags or in another container with a tight-fitting lid marked "Yard Trim" or "Yard Waste".
Collections began in the PepperMill/Carmody Hill and Wilburn areas in December of 2017, and in January 2018, in the Tantallon/Ft. Washington area. All materials are transported for processing at the County-owned Organics Composting Facility located at 6550 South East Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro, by the contracted hauler for the participating areas. If you reside in one of the targeted communities and would like to participate, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address, and a telephone number. There may still be time to join in this pioneering effort!