Residential Compost Pilot

City Launches Residential Compost Pilot in NACs 5 & 11

Beginning June 6, residents in NACs 5 and 11 are invited to participate in the City’s residential compost pilot project.

Key City Compost is the selected contractor for the pilot project. Located in Frederick, Key City Compost will be able to collect compostable material, process, and distribute finished compost without leaving the County. Removing compostable materials from the waste stream can mean a reduction of overall weight going to the landfill by about 30 percent and that those materials will not produce methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases. In addition, the reduction in transportation miles for this heavy material will further reduce the carbon footprint associated with waste and recycling efforts.   

Any household that currently receives City trash collection is eligible to participate. During the course of the project, the City will pay for the services, and any households not included in the pilot can still participate in collection from Key City Compost for a monthly fee.

The pilot program is expected to be able to support about 800 households and will run for about six months. The City will likely include two more NACs in an expanded pilot program beginning in July to better understand how a program might work across the City in various housing situations. More information on the expanded program is forthcoming.

Sign-ups for the pilot program will begin June 6 and will be on a rolling, first-come-first-served basis until we have reached the maximum number of participants. Residents may sign up for the program using this link: https://www.keycompost.com/residential

If you have questions about signing up, contact Key City Compost at 240.608.0283, info@keycompost.com, or about the program in general, contact Jenny Willoughby at jwilloughby@cityoffrederickmd.gov.