Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Food and Yard Waste at Your House

Food and yard waste service is required for all households of 1-4 units as of September 15, 2012. Rates vary, depending on the level of service you choose. See Rates, Containers & Quantities. Yard debris - such as leaves, grass, and plant trimmings - are not allowed in your garbage.

Starting January 1, 2015, the City of Seattle will no longer allow food and compostable paper, including food-soiled pizza boxes, paper napkins and paper towels, in the garbage.

Collection schedule

Food and yard waste is collected weekly, on the same day as your garbage. Collection is normal on all holidays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. Following each of those holidays, service will be delayed by one day for the rest of the week.

From November 1st – 30th you can set out up to 10 extra bags of leaves for free pick up on your collection day. This service is offered to support keeping leaves out of the storm drains.

What goes in my food and yard waste cart?

Fruit and vegetables, yard trimmings, meat, dairy, and fish are all accepted, but what else goes in your food and yard waste cart? Watch a video of what you can and can’t put in.

Translated videos in: Mandarin | Cantonese | Spanish | Vietnamese

Related links

Backyard Composting
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