Residential Food Scrap Composting Pilot Program
This Program Is Only Available to City of Fort Worth Residents
Recognizing the city’s landfill is filling up with materials that do not belong there, the city is advancing initiatives intended to divert materials away from the landfill that can be either re-used, recycled, mulched or composted. Approximately 30 percent of all waste currently going to the landfill could be composted.
Through small changes in our daily routines, we can help preserve the landfill capacity for years to come and forestall millions of tax-dollar expenditures with new infrastructure.
Fort Worth residents now have the opportunity to turn even more waste into resources by collecting their food scraps, which can be processed into compost — a rich soil nutrient. When composted, food scraps are diverted from your garbage cart helping to preserve the life of the city’s landfill.
Please note: ONLY residential food scraps are accepted in the Composting Pilot Program
- To divert more materials that are not waste away from the landfill, which also helps maintain/reduce costs for the taxpayer.
- To prevent excessive methane greenhouse gas emissions into our air from decomposing food scraps at the landfill.
- By diverting food scraps and producing a valuable product, our local economy can also reap benefits.
Because our community is willing and capable of being a green leader in Texas, plus this program will provide valuable data for all of North Texas and beyond. More and more people in Fort Worth want to do what’s environmentally right and help make our community greener. That means reducing waste, re-using items, recycling more, and composting! We all benefit from a more livable community. Be a part of this new program and pat yourself on the back for making a big "green" impact. As an added bonus, the annual fee will be donated to the ongoing programs of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful.
- Click HERE to complete sign-up form and pay the $20 subscription fee.
- All fees collected by the Residential Food Scrap Composting Pilot Program will be donated to the advancement of the Keep Fort Worth Beautiful Program.
- After your subscription form and payment have been processed and you have been entered into our system, your Composting Starter Kit pickup will be assigned to a City of Fort Worth Drop-Off Station (numbers 6-9 on the list/map below) closest to your residence, and the pick-up instructions will be sent to you.
- Starter Kit includes: kitchen countertop pail, five-gallon sealable bucket, assorted educational materials, and a refrigerator magnet reminding you of what can and cannot be composted.
- Every participant receives a small pail that resides on your kitchen counter to make it easy to start collecting food scraps.
- The magnet and program FAQ offer you additional details on what’s accepted and what isn't.
- As your kitchen pail fills, you can transfer the composting materials to the five-gallon bucket that you’ve placed in your garage, laundry room or other designated area of your choosing.
- Once the five-gallon bucket is full, you can then drop off the food scraps at one of 10 collection sites across the city.
For questions or to report an issue by phone:
The call center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Get collection reminders and look up how to dispose of waste on your smartphone with the new City of Fort Worth Garbage & Recycling app.
City of Fort Worth Residential Food Scrap Composting Pilot Program services are provided by Cowboy Compost and prepared in cooperation with the North Central Texas Council of Governments through funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
City of Fort Worth curbside garbage and recycling services are provided by Waste Management and Knight Waste Services.