Curbside Composting Collection
The City of Manassas is sponsoring a residential composting program, collecting food scraps to help reduce the amount of food waste sent to the landfill. Food waste can be recycled into compost, a natural soil improver that helps the health of local soil and can reduce the need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Collected food scraps will be taken to the nearby Balls Ford Road Compost Facility and recycled into compost.
I want to sign up for Curbside Composting!
The City of Manassas has been working with Compost Crew to launch a Curbside Composting Program in the Wellington Community for the initial residential curbside collection composting pilot. Now we're ready to roll out the program to the rest of our City residents.
Residents who participate in the program will receive a bin to separate out their food scraps, much like they separate out the recycling. Bins are lined with compostable liners to help maintain cleanliness. Once a week, the bin will need to be placed at the curbside for the designated collection day. Compost Crew will empty the bin and provide a new compostable liner.As part of this pilot program, the City will fund the start-up costs. This includes the cost of the 5-gallon collection bin and the delivery of the bin to the customer’s home. The City will also fund the first 3 months of service for each of the first 300 participating households. After the initial three months, the monthly service cost will be $10.00, which represents a substantial discount from the typical price for curbside compost collection.
What can I compost?
Customers may upgrade to a 12-gallon collection bin at their own expense. The larger bin costs an additional $4.00 per month, and is well-suited for families of five or more, or people who cook a lot and generate a lot of food scraps. People often find it helpful to have a smaller bin in the kitchen to collect the day’s food scraps, which are then emptied into the collection bin. Customers have the option to purchase a kitchen caddy from Compost Crew, or to use a container of their own choosing. You can email or call Compost Crew for more information on (301) 202-4450.