Composting at McIntire

Household food scraps for composting

Household food scraps for composting

Good News!  City and County residents will continue to be able to take their food waste and compostables to McIntire Recycling Center!

What you need to know:

Compostables must be brought in compostable bags (not regular plastic trash bags).  Good news: we have free three gallon compostable bags on site for you.  You can also find the bags (brand name “Biobags”) at Kroger, Whole Foods, and Bed, Bath & Beyond.

NO YARD WASTE will be accepted.


Acceptable compostable items will be accepted during our normal hours of operation:

Mon 8:30am-6:30pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wed-Sun 8:30am-6:30pm

Mon 8:30am-5:30pm
Tuesday – CLOSED
Wed-Sun 8:30am-5:30pm

Phone number: (434) 977-2976


  • Egg shells
  • Flowers
  • Coffee grounds & filters
  • Proteins
  • Meat & bones
  • Fats, cooking oils & greases
  • Milk & yogurt
  • Uncoated paper (napkins/towels)
  • Certified Compostable Packaging


  • Trash
  • Diapers
  • Clothing
  • Styrofoam
  • Pet waste
  • Cigarette butts
  • Snack bags
  • Candy wrappers
  • Plastic bags of any kind
  • Non-Certified Compostable Plates, Cups, etc
  • Yard Waste

Download the pdf information sheet on “How to Compost at McIntire”

Questions?  Check out our Composting FAQ page

Learn more about composting from the City of Charlottesville’s Composting Program

How this came to be

Several citizens approached Rivanna about providing this interim service concerned that composting services at the farmer’s market “had no home” during the winter months. So Rivanna’s Executive Director, Tom Frederick, brought the issue to the Rivanna board in December 2015 and they unanimously approved the 3-month initiative thereby increasing accessibility to composting in the Charlottesville and Albemarle area. Since the pilot program, the board has voted to continue the program at least through June 30, 2018.

Why compost?

The National Resource Defense Council reports that up to 40% of the food produced in the US goes to waste.  When food breaks down, methane, a potent greenhouse gas is produced. Therefore keeping food waste out of landfills is a step toward reducing methane gas. Additionally, food waste and other biodegradable waste can be “recycled” into many beneficial uses. In just six months’ time, food waste can transform into valuable compost for commercial and residential soil-amendments, top cover, soil remediation and many other beneficial uses. Compost also plays a key role in low impact development, stormwater management, and erosion control.  N.O.P.E. Natural Organic Process Enterprise, a certified B corp of Richmond provides the pick-up service to Black Bear Composting, a certified commercial composting facility in Crimora, Virginia.  For more information visit the City of Charlottesville composting page.


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