Community Composting with New Orleans Public Library


Community Composting with New Orleans Public Library


Did you know? Americans throw out over 36 million tons of food waste each year. Once in landfills, food breaks down to produce methane, a potent greenhouse gas which contributes to climate change.

Now, you can bring your frozen food scraps to our weekly food waste drop-off locations at New Orleans Public Library, and Schmelly’s Dirt Farm will pick it up and turn it into nutrient-rich compost.

Please freeze your food scraps - no smell, no fruit flies, no rodents.

We will accept fruit and vegetable scraps (peels, skins, pits or seeds), tea bags and coffee grounds (including paper filter), eggshells, nutshells, seed shells; plain bread, grains and pasta (no toppings).

Please bring in a paper or compostable bag, or a reusable container.

No meat, no dairy, no bones, no oily foods.

Questions? Want to volunteer? Email or find us on Facebook.

*No drop-offs when library is closed for holidays (Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving/Eve, Christmas). No drop-offs on Saturday, September 2 or Saturday, December 23.

Drop off compost during program hours only, please.

Every Thursday.

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