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Recycle More. It's Easy To Do.

Did you know? Almost 35% of what ends up in the landfill is food scraps and food-soiled paper, and that it can be recycled in your curbside yardwaste cart? Don’t waste this resource. Put it to a better use!

Edible food can be donated to hunger relief agencies to feed hungry families. Inedible food scraps and food soiled paper can be recycled to make compost, a soil amendment that enriches soil and improves plant health.

Residential Resources

Backyard Food Composting

Bury food scraps or use a worm bin.

Curbside Food Scrap Collection

Food scraps are composted locally into a valuable soil amendment that builds healthy soil.

Compostable Bag Retailers

Locate retailers that sell approved kitchen compostable bags for food scraps.

Food: Too Good To Waste

Tips for reducing food waste.

Commercial and School Resources

Commercial On-Site Food Composting

On-site composting can be an effective way to reduce garbage.

Commercial Food Scrap Collection

Reduce waste through organics collection for composting.

Edible Food for Donation

Edible Food for Donation

Connecting edible food to organizations who provide meals or operate food banks.



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Food: Too Good To Waste

Food: Too Good To Waste

Learn how to reduce food waste at home.

One Less Bag Challenge… take the pledge today!

One Less Bag Challenge

Take the pledge, get a FREE recycling kit and learn how One Less Bag Challenge Recycling Champs reduce waste and make it part of their everyday life!

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in King County (PDF)

Organics Characterization Report

Each time you set out a full 96-gallon yard waste cart of yard debris, food scraps and food soiled paper for recycling, it reduces greenhouse gases by the same amount that would be generated by burning 1.6 gallons of gas in your car. Learn more(PDF, 1 MB)

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Updated: Oct. 15, 2015

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