As of the new year, the city of Fayetteville will start accepting compostable food waste at two locations. The city is working to meet their goal of decreasing at least 40 percent of all waste that is sent to the landfill. There is no charge to drop off residential food waste. There are two locations for food waste drop off, the Marion Orton Recycling Center and the City Compost and Mulch Facility. At the Marion Orton Recycling Center compostable food is accepted during the following hours: Monday- Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., but until 7 p.m. on Thursday. At the City Compost and Mulch Facility compostable food is accepted during the following hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m.

The acceptable food waste materials are: fruits, vegetables, coffee grounds or tea, milk, cheese, yogurt, bread, dough, bakery items, pasta, grains, eggs, egg shells, food-soiled paper, cooked meat and fish, and processed foods. The prohibited food waste items are: raw meats, plastic bags, serve ware, twist ties, utensils, rubber bands, wood, metal, glass, fats, oils, grease, non-consumable liquids, vegetable oil, lard, and any other non-food items. 

Compost and mulch are available to all residents and non-residents of the city of Fayetteville. The city is also selling different types of compost that are perfect for participation in this food waste compost program. For more information about the city of Fayetteville’s compost, please visit www.fayetteville-ar.gov/compost.