Save Your Scraps to Compost at Reston Farmers Market

by Karen Goff June 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm 16 Comments

Compost Bin/Kitchen Compost Bins of LakelandDon’t throw away coffee grounds, corn husks, fruit peels and other earth-friendly refuse. Bring them to Reston Farmers Market at Lake Anne Saturday mornings.

Reston Environmental Action (REACT) is collecting scraps next to the kettle corn stand. Either bring them in a container to empty into the bin, or place scraps in “If You Care” compostable bags, (which can be purchased at Whole Foods, MOMs Organic Market or Harris Teeter) and place the whole bag in the bin.

The scraps are picked up by District Compost and taken to a commercial composting facility, where they will be turned into compost that will be broken down into soil enrichment for other gardeners and farmers.

Here’s what’s compostable:

  • Fruit and vegetables (such as apple cores, banana peels, melon rinds, corn husks, coconut shells, potato peels, squash seeds, stems and peels, etc.)
  • coffee grounds and filters
  • tea bags (remove metal staples from the bag and/or tag)
  • nut shells
  • onions and garlic
  • crushed egg shells

Photo: Compost Bin/Kitchen Compost Bins of Lakeland

  • Chuck Morningwood

    It’s nice to know that I can bring my table scraps to the Farmer’s market. Do you think that they might be able to expand that list of acceptable refuse please? I think my neighbor is getting tired of me copping a squat in their flower beds.

  • Guy Montag

    Nothing says fun like hauling a bunch of garbage in my car and lugging it a moderate distance for the benefit of someone else. Pass!

    • Duane Karlen

      Yours is a pretty cynical and self-centered response. There’s more to taking care of the world than whether something is convenient or beneficial only to us personally.


        Composting will not help the world. And it is stinky.

        • pleasebekidding

          How is composting as opposed to using harsh pesticides and chemicals not beneficial?

        • Robert Mowbray

          It will help the world by reducing the waste sent to the county dump and by improving our soils. If you don’t like the stink, get a composter and make your own compost and use it to improve your garden soil..

  • prmisencik sr

    It’s certainly better to make your own compost for your own use, but this is a great alternative for those who don’t want to compost at home, but still want to contribute to an eco-friendly Reston.

  • Ming the Merciless

    Will there be an intellectual compost bin into which we dump the words of Ken Plum and Gerry Connolly? Stinky refuse, indeed.

    • pleasebekidding

      Does an article about donating compost to farmers really need to be political?

      • Ming the Merciless

        Just playing by the rules you Lefties made – everything is political. Even what I do with my trash is political!

        • pleasebekidding

          That’s funny considering you’re the only one politicizing this article, but sure — believe what you’d like.


          I will not sort garbage by government mandate. I understand now that in Liberal Wasteland San Francisco composting is mandatory. Can you even imagine?

          • Ming the Merciless

            They can’t smell the stink of the compost because the smell from the homeless people who urinate in the street is so overpowering.

  • C)user Tycoon

    Horse manure should not be composted because it contains deworming agents. Also be careful with commercial veggie peelings as they re treated. The pesticides could kill the fish in the nearby pond you may be maintaining. So might as well donate all that.

    All fruits and veggies are bow treated with radiation. So be careful in accepting any compost from unknown sources. Be safe and have a great summer.

  • Headless Ned Stark

    The Night’s Watch will have a hard time composting the dead body of Jon Snow, because Winter has Come!!!

  • Wings!!

    Not to get off subject here, but Reston could really use a Hooters.


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