Food Scraps Recycling Returns to Eastside Farmers’ Market Tuesday, April 30, 2024


Food scraps recycling drop-off will return to the Eastside Farmers' Market starting on Tuesday, April 30, 2024.

Individuals may drop-off certain allowable food scraps to a designated drop-off booth for free.

Eastside Farmers’ Market Details

The market is located at 202 South Ingersoll Street within McPike Park.

Food scraps drop-off will be available from 4:00pm until 7:00pm on Tuesday evenings.

The appropriate scraps will be accepted every Tuesday starting on April 30, 2024 and ending on October 29, 2024.

What food scraps will be accepted at the market drop-off site?

The food scraps acceptable in this program are the same materials that would be suitable for a backyard compost bin.

Coffee grounds, egg shells, raw fruits and vegetables, and other similar scraps are allowed.

The program cannot accept meat products, bones, compostable plastics, paper products, grease, or dairy products (including cheese).

Additional details about what can, and cannot, be accepted at the food scraps drop-off site can be found on the Streets Division’s Food Scraps website.

Staff at the food scraps drop-off tent will also be able to provide guidance about what material they can accept.

More Information

Additional information about food waste prevention, food donation, and food scraps recycling can be found at

Food scraps in a tote waiting for composting.

This is a close-up view of the kinds of food scraps acceptable in the drop-off program.  Raw vegetable peelings, egg shells, and similar.  Visit the food scraps website if you have questions about what you can bring to a farmers' market site for composting.

In 2023, one of the food scraps collections coincided with Halloween so two of the people working at the market site wore costumes.  One has an avocado hat.  The other is dressed as a hippo.

It's a treat to drop off food scraps!  In 2023, the food scraps drop off at the market sites coincided with Halloween, so two of the staff at the booth broke out the costumes to greet people bring in their scraps for composting.   

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