Davidson Composts

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Program Information

Davidson Composts was developed collaboratively by the Davidson Parks and Recreation Department and Crown Town Compost, with grant funding support from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. The town allocated funds for the continuation of the program following a successful six-month pilot program during which time participants diverted 14,655 pounds of food waste in the first four months alone. To view the 2022 Food Waste Impact Report click here.

Food scraps and nonrecyclable paper make up approximately 27% of Davidson’s landfill waste according to the 2012 Mecklenburg County Waste Diversion Study. Food in landfills generates methane, a harmful greenhouse gas that negatively impacts the environment. By participating in Davidson's food waste program, it is possible to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and nourish the soil. 

Who can participate?

The program is open to any Davidson resident who enrolls. Non-residents and commercial interests are not currently eligible.

How does it work?

1. Click here to enroll in the Davidson Composts Program! 

2. Follow this simple rule: If it grows, it goes! Collect food scraps and other accepted materials in  either the container you receive, a kitchen bin or other convenient container. Containers can be lined with a Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified compostable bag.  Please, if you are using liner it's critical to use only bags with the BPI logo, or a paper bag.  No lining is necessary, and regular plastic shopping bags are NOT allowed. 

3. Take the full container to any of the Davidson food waste drop-off sites listed below, unlock the cart with the code you receive in your registration confirmation, and empty your container into the bin.

4. Crown Town Compost will collect all the food waste at the drop-off sites on a weekly basis. They process the waste into finished compost, some of which is then returned to Davidson for community projects such as landscaping at Beaty Park.

Where are the food waste drop-off sites?

The following locations are open 24 hours, seven days per week:

  • Davidson Town Hall & Community Center: 251 South Street
  • Davidson Pumphouse: 865 South Street (formerly the Davidson Parks and Recreation office)
  • Ada Jenkins Center: 212 Gamble Street
  • Gethsemane Church: 565 Jetton Street 
  • Davidson Farmers Market: 120 South Main Street
  • Beaty Park: 832 Beaty Street
  • Caldwell Tot Lot: 320 Caldwell Lane
  • River Run Athletic Park: 13007 Robert Walker Drive
  1. What can I compost?
  2. What is not compostable?

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How can I waste less? Do more?

Want to learn more?

If you have questions, call the Davidson Parks & Recreation Department at 704-892-3349 or email them at dpr@townofdavidson.org.

Recycling information
Yard waste information

To learn more about the Town of Davidson’s sustainability effort visit: www.townofdavidson.org/sustainability