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Food Scraps Drop Off

This program begins September 2021!

The City of Asheville, in partnership with Buncombe County and the Natural Resources Defense Council, is offering a FREE Food Scrap Drop-Off pilot program. Drop off food scraps and other compostable items at Stephens-Lee Food Scrap Drop-Off. This organic matter will be collected and turned into good clean compost, keeping it OUT of our landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 


Register for Food Scraps Drop Off


Need a handy kitchen countertop food scrap bin?  Let us know on the registration form! We’ll be having bin giveaways at city and county facilities and would love to give you one. 



Stephens-Lee Recreation Center “Food Scrap Shed” next to the Community Garden on the North side of the parking lot

30 Washington Carver Avenue, Asheville



  • Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, 12 – 4 p.m.



Contact Kiera Bulan.


Backyard Composting

For information on why and how to compost – check out the Asheville Greenworks composting resource page and video.

Residents can request a FREE kitchen scrap tote and backyard compost bin construction kit from Asheville Greenworks after participating in a live workshop or watching the how-to video!

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Food Waste Reduction

There are lots of reasons and ways to reduce our food waste at home and in our community, check out this page for more info on the Food Waste Reduction Initiative.



Updated 9/2/2021