Food Composting Program extends to Western Wake Farmers Market

Residents encouraged to help reduce food waste in landfill

Visitors of the Western Wake Farmers Market may now notice black carts for food scrap collection placed at the weekly events. These new additions are part of Wake County’s food composting program, which has now expanded to Morrisville, thanks to partnerships with the farmers market and CompostNow.

The Western Wake Farmers Market, located at 280 Town Hall Drive in Morrisville, is the newest partner of the food composting program. In addition to the Midtown Farmers Market and four Wake County convenience centers that accept food waste, the program now has a total of six locations where residents can drop off their food scraps.

smiling man holds a food recycling bin

“We are proud to have dedicated partners helping us reach more communities and improve the environment across the county,” said Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Susan Evans. “This program provides multiple long-term benefits to Wake County households, including giving residents the chance to reduce their carbon footprint.”

The food scraps composting program helps to significantly reduce household waste brought to the landfill, which in turn reduces greenhouse gases produced in the county. Composting also has several other environmental benefits, including water conservation, soil erosion prevention and enriched fertilizer for plant growth.

Compost produced from food scraps collection is distributed to CompostNow’s Garden Partners. CompostNow has 103 unique community gardens in the Triangle that benefit from compost donations to enrich their soil and grow healthy plants.

Learn more about our food scraps composting program at

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