Food Waste / Compostables Drop-Off

New Program as of January 2020!

Collect your own compostable food waste and bring it to one of the City Food Waste Drop off locations!

The City is working hard to meet an important goal of diverting at least 40% of all waste sent to the landfill by 2027. Composting is essential to this goal because food waste makes up 18% of the total waste Fayetteville sends to the landfill.

The dropped off food waste will be combined with the commercial food waste collection and processed into nutrient-rich compost available for purchase. For residential collection, City staff recommends placing materials in a lidded container and dropping off once a week to reduce odors.           


Items Accepted

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds and tea with filters
  • Consumable liquids
  • Diary: milk, cheese, yogurt
  • Bread, dough, bakery items, pasta, grains
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Food-soiled paper: paper bags, paper towels, paper napkins,
  • Cooked meats and fish: shells, bones, wooden skewers, toothpicks
  • Processed foods: pizza, cereal, chips, crackers, cooked meats, plate scraps
  • BPI Certified Compostables- clearly labeled


Items NOT Accepted

  • Raw meats (fish, poultry, pork, seafood, beef)
  • Plastic bags, plastic single use serveware, utensils, twist-ties, rubber bands
  • Waxed cardboard boxes, mixed paper
  • Wood, metal, glass, or other non-food items
  • Fats, oils, grease, non-consumable liquids, vegetable oil, lard

Drop-off locations and hours:

There is no charge to drop off residential food waste.

Marion Orton Recycling Center
735 W. North Street (between Gregg and Leverett Avenues)
Compostable food accepted Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

City Compost and Mulch Facility
1708 S. Armstrong Avenue
Compostable food (and yard waste) accepted:

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • November – March: First Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon
  • April – October: First and second Saturdays of the month from 8 a.m. to noon.

Buy compost from the City!

The City of Fayetteville offers two types of high-quality compost for purchase; food waste compost is $35 per two-cubic-yard scoop and yard waste compost is $35 per two-cubic-yard scoop. Mulch is available for free to Fayetteville residents and $10 per two-cubic-yard scoop. Compost and mulch are available to residents and non-residents.

What happens to food waste in the land fill?

When organic materials, such as food and yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, brush, etc.), rot in the landfill – it breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen) and creates large amounts of methane. This flammable gas is the same as emitted through the production of coal, oil and natural gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), methane accounted for 10% of United States greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. Greenhouse gas (Ghg) traps heat within the Earth’s atmosphere and contributes to climate change.

food waste drop off- with BPI