Food Scraps Composting

Collection at Convenience Center Site 8 Ends April 29

Monday, April 29, is the final day for food scraps collection at Convenience Center Site 8 in Wake Forest. The service is being removed because the carts were receiving overwhelming amounts of empty pizza boxes, not food. The next closest site is Convenience Center Site 7 at 9024 Deponie Drive in Raleigh.

Compost Food Scraps at Two Farmers Markets

Our partners make food scraps collection accessible to more Wake County residents. 

Western Wake Farmers Market

The market is located at 280 Town Hall Drive, Morrisville, 27560. Look for the black CompostNow carts during market hours, which are Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

Midtown Farmers' Market

Visit the market to shop and drop off food scraps, thanks to a collaboration with the market, Toward Zero Waste, and Wake County Solid Waste. The market is located at The Commons, 4191 Main at North Hills St., Raleigh 27609. Look for the black CompostNow carts on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon.

In addition to the farmers market partners, Wake County Convenience Centers provide four drop-off sites for residents who want to keep food waste out of the landfill but don't have the capacity to compost at home. Food waste collected at the sites is transported to an industrial composting facility, and the finished compost is donated to community gardens in the Research Triangle area.

Please put food in the carts loose or in paper bags. Compostable bags are available for free at the Convenience Centers. Plastic bags do not break down and should never be put in the compost carts.

Convenience Centers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Look for the "Food Scraps Composting" sign and black collection carts at these locations:

Food waste collection sites were chosen based on multiple factors, including available space and proximity to food waste haulers. Businesses or organizations interested in hosting a food waste collection site should email to explore potential partnerships.

What Items Are Accepted for Food Waste Collection?

Acceptable Items

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Cheese, dairy products and eggs 
  • Breads, cereals, pasta and rice
  • Coffee grounds and paper filters
  • Tea leaves and tea bags
  • Cooked meats
  • Paper napkins and towels
  • Paper egg cartons and drink trays

Unacceptable Items

  • Plastic bags, wrappers and film
  • Boxes, cans, jars or other packages
  • Cooking oil and liquids
  • Cups, plates or cutlery, unless labeled "BPI Certified Compostable" or "ASTM D6400" or "ASTM D6868"
  • Coffee pods, produce stickers, rubber bands
  • Yard waste