Turning Scraps into Soil: New Composting Initiative Begins in Loudoun County

Loudoun County has launched a one-year trial for a Food Waste Composting Drop-Off Center in a progressive move for sustainability. This eco-conscious initiative, situated at the Loudoun County landfill, invites residents to contribute their household food waste, like meats, dairy, fruits, vegetables, and coffee grounds. Participation is capped at one 5-gallon container per household each week.

The pilot program, championed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, partners with Key Compost. This collaboration will see the collected food scraps processed at Key Compost’s facility in Frederick, Maryland. This step aligns with the county’s broader environmental goals, as outlined in the Loudoun County Energy Strategy approved in February 2023.

Besides reducing landfill waste, the program aims to reduce methane emissions and provide nutrient-rich compost for soil enhancement. The initiative follows the county’s successful offering of free compost from yard waste to residents since September 2023.

For those eager to participate or learn more, the Food Waste Composting Drop-Off Center is open Monday to Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg. Further details about this and other recycling services can be found at loudoun.gov/landfill and loudoun.gov/recycle or by calling 703-771-5500. Depending on its success and community engagement, this pilot program could lead to expanded composting opportunities across the county.

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