Loyola University Maryland

Office of Sustainability

Community Compost Bin

Community Compost Bin

As part of the Baltimore Comprehensive Composting Pilot in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, Department of Public Works, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland – Baltimore, we are pleased to offer a community compost drop-off site during the Govanstowne Farmer’s Market this summer! The overarching goal of the Baltimore Comprehensive Composting Pilot is to increase Baltimore City residents’ and communities’ access to composting and food waste reduction opportunities by removing long standing educational, social, and economic barriers.

Collection at the Govans Farmers Market!

The Govans Farmers Market, which runs on Wednesdays from 3-6pm in June-September, is an amazing sustainability resource for Loyola and local communities. The market seeks to provide the York Road Corridor with access to produce and they require all vendors to accept SNAP, WIC, and FMNP checks. They also seek to build community by holding fun activities and themed markets for people of all ages. We are excited to announce a new community compost bin at the Govans Farmers Market. We seek to combat food waste by offering local communities free access to a composter that is maintained and collected regularly.

What We Do and Do Not Accept


The graphic above outlines what can and cannot be accepted as compost in the Govans Farmers Market Community Compost bin. The following can be composted: pasta, vegetables, rice, coffee grounds, cereal, fruits, eggshells, tea bags (without staples), grains, and bread. The following cannot be composted and will contaminate otherwise usable compost: dairy products, plastic bags, meat, crustation shells, bones, produce stickers, pet droppings, and oily foods.

How To Participate


To use the community compost bin, which is in operation during market hours (Wednesdays at 3-6pm from June-September), you must sign in before you compost through either a virtual or physical form at the market and compost correctly. To ensure a compost bin is free of contamination, we ask all who wish to participate to complete a Comprehension Quiz on composting with us. The Quiz is 9 questions and asks about the rules of using our composter (hours of operation, etc.), as well as what you can and cannot compost with us. All the information you will be asked about can be found on this page.

Take the quiz here!

More Information About the Govans Farmers Market