Fayetteville encourages residential food waste drop-off at Farmer’s Market and other locations

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Fayetteville officials are encouraging residents to drop off their food waste to help increase composting efforts in the community.

Food waste should be brought in a sealable, lidded container that can be dumped into a larger cart for the collection. Compostable plastic bags and wares must be branded “BPI Certified” before being accepted.

Food waste collected through the program is combined with the commercial food waste collection and processed into food waste compost, which can be purchased at the city’s Compost Facility at 1708 S. Armstrong Ave.

For more information about the program, visit http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/compost.

Acceptable food waste materials include:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee and tea grounds with paper filters
  • Dairy and non-dairy items such as cheese and yogurt
  • Bread, dough, bakery items, pasta, and grains
  • Eggs and eggshells
  • Cooked meats and fish
  • Processed foods: pizza, cereal, chips, crackers
  • Plate scraps

The following materials should not be placed in compost:

  • Raw meats (fish, poultry, pork, seafood, beef)
  • Fats, oils, grease, non-consumable liquids, vegetable oil, lard
  • Wood, metal, glass or other non-food items
  • Regular plastic bags, serve ware, utensils, twist ties, rubber bands

Locations and hours for food waste drop-off

Happy Hollow Recycling Center

Location: 1420 S. Happy Hollow Road
Hours: Site open 24/7

Marion Orton Recycling Center

Location: 735 W. North Street
Hours: Site open 24/7

City Compost and Mulch Facility

Location: 1708 S. Armstrong Ave.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Additional: November through March, first Saturday of the month from 8 a.m. to noon

Fayetteville Farmer’s Market

Location: Southeast corner of the downtown square
Hours: Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.