Washington D.C. takes the lead on composting (includes video story)

Washington D.C. launched its new city-wide curbside composting program earlier this month. It will convert the food scraps of roughly 9,000 households into compost…which can be used as plant fertilizer.

The D.C. Department of Public Works is collaborating with two prominent local companies, Compost Crew and Compost Cab, to collect and process the food waste. 

This is all part of the District’s “zero waste” effort and goal of diverting 80% of trash away from landfills and incinerators and towards recycling and composting units BY 2032.

Authorities also offer a community garden where people can volunteer and grow the crops that they want. 

Miami-Dade’s program offers an interesting contrast. The county offers a residential drop-off composting program in partnership with the Village of Pinecrest and occasionally hosts home composting workshops. 


Paloma Pimentel is a senior at FIU majoring in Digital Journalism and Communications, with a background in sociological studies. She is passionate about writing environmental and social issues stories, and is on her path to becoming an investigative journalist.  Having traveled to 20 countries already, she seeks to know more about the world and write stories about it.