Food Waste / Compostables Drop-Off

Collect your own compostable food waste and bring it to one of the City Food Waste Drop off locations!

The City is working hard to meet an important goal of diverting at least 40% of all waste sent to the landfill by 2027. Composting is essential to this goal because food waste makes up 18% of the total waste Fayetteville sends to the landfill.

The dropped off food waste will be combined with the commercial food waste collection and processed into nutrient-rich compost available for purchase. For residential collection, City staff recommends placing materials in a lidded container and dropping off once a week to reduce odors.                                                                                                               

Items Accepted

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Coffee grounds and tea with filters
  • Consumable liquids
  • Diary: milk, cheese, yogurt
  • Bread, dough, bakery items, pasta, grains
  • Eggs and egg shells
  • Food-soiled paper: paper bags, paper towels, paper napkins,
  • Cooked meats and fish: shells, bones, wooden skewers, toothpicks
  • Processed foods: pizza, cereal, chips, crackers, cooked meats, plate scraps
  • BPI Certified Compostables- clearly labeled

Items NOT Accepted

  • Raw meats (fish, poultry, pork, seafood, beef)
  • Plastic bags, plastic single use serveware, utensils, twist-ties, rubber bands
  • Waxed cardboard boxes, mixed paper
  • Wood, metal, glass, or other non-food items
  • Fats, oils, grease, non-consumable liquids, vegetable oil, lard


Drop-off locations and hours:

There is no charge to drop off residential food waste.

Food Waste & Yard Waste Drop-off 

City of Fayetteville Compost Site
1708 S. Armstrong Avenue
Tuesday and Thursday 8am-3pm
November-March: First Saturday from 8am to noon
April-October: First and second Saturdays from 8am to noon

Recycling & Food Waste Drop-off ONLY (no yard waste)

Marion Orton Recycling Center
735 West North Street
Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm

Happy Hollow Recycling Center
1420 S. Happy Hollow
Sunday-Saturday 24 hours a day


Buy compost from the City!

The City of Fayetteville offers two types of high-quality compost for purchase; food waste compost is $35 per two-cubic-yard scoop and yard waste compost is $35 per two-cubic-yard scoop. Mulch is available for free to Fayetteville residents and $10 per two-cubic-yard scoop. Compost and mulch are available to residents and non-residents. Click here to download our Purchasing Compost and Mulch brochure.


What happens to food waste in the land fill?

When organic materials, such as food and yard waste (grass clippings, leaves, brush, etc.), rot in the landfill – it breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen) and creates large amounts of methane. This flammable gas is the same as emitted through the production of coal, oil and natural gas. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), methane accounted for 10% of United States greenhouse gas emissions in 2017. Greenhouse gas (Ghg) traps heat within the Earth’s atmosphere and contributes to climate change.

compost drop off sign
Image of food waste compost receptacle