Annapolis Green and City of Annapolis
Offer Six-Month Food Waste Composting Pilot Program to Residents
October 1, 2021 – March 30, 2022
Annapolis Green and the City of Annapolis are teaming up to collect kitchen scraps at Truxtun Park to keep food waste out of the landfill. Through March 30, 2022, City residents will be able to drop off food waste and other compostables anytime at Truxtun Park, near the skateboard enclosure.
“The EPA tells us that food waste accounts for over 21 percent of the waste sent to landfills in the United States, and over 900,000 tons of food waste is generated every year in Maryland. Very little of it is composted,“ said Mayor Buckley. “In fact, food is the largest component of what we collect curbside and take to the landfill. That food waste could be put to good use as Nature’s fertilizer.”
This collection is funded by a Clean Up & Green Up Maryland grant Annapolis Green was awarded by Keep Maryland Beautiful, the Forever Maryland Foundation, Maryland Environmental Trust and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. Annapolis Green has arranged for Veteran Compost to collect the material once a week to process in its industrial-level facility.
“We are delighted to bring the City of Annapolis in as a partner in the execution of our grant,” said Elvia Thompson, Annapolis Green President and Co-founder. “This is not only a great way to keep these materials out of the landfill but also serves to bring people closer to the environment.”
Accepted material at Truxtun Park:
- Kitchen scraps including vegetable and fruit cuttings
- Napkins and paper towels
- Dairy products
- Coffee grounds, loose and bagged tea
- Egg Shells
- Soiled Pizza Boxes
- Compostable plates, cups, and cutlery
Not accepted at Truxtun Park:
- Plastic of any kind including plastic bags
- Yard Waste
- Pet Waste
The Truxtun Park collection was a follow-up to Annapolis Green’s highly successful pumpkin and jack-o-lantern collection last fall. Residents brought over 10,000 pounds to the park and all of that was kept out of the landfill. Pie-size pumpkins collected as part of this program were donated to the Maryland Food Bank and Annapolis Green sold the fluffy, sweet-smelling compost resulting from the collection – as a fund-raiser – to interested gardeners as Pumpkin Spice Compost.
In 2022, over 10,000 pounds of pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns were collected!
And we are excited to welcome our new partner, the Rotary Club of Annapolis! The organization has awarded us a Crab Feast grant that will allow us to bring back The Great Pumpkin Drop Off. Don’t be haunted by this year’s Jack-O-Lanterns!
Thank you for giving your pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns a dignified demise by composting them with us!
We set aside bins just for intact pie size pumpkins that we donated to the Anne Arundel food bank.
Concurrently, a food waste composting pilot curbside collection program organized by the City in the Hunt Meadow community is available to all Hunt Meadow residents for free. Weekly curbside collection is provided by Annapolis Compost and interested residents can sign-up at annapoliscompost.com/hunt-meadow. The scraps will be composted directly with local farmers and used to restore their soils.
These collection programs will make it easy for residents to ensure that their kitchen waste becomes compost for the garden. Rather than ending up in the landfill, the food waste from both of these projects will be processed in large-scale composting operations so material that is not compostable in backyard compost piles can be included.
“Information gathered during the six-month pilot will inform future City composting decisions,” said Deputy City Manager for Resilience & Sustainability Jacqueline Guild, referring to the collections at both Truxtun Park and Hunt Meadow.