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Food Waste Requirements
Single-family garbage containers should not contain recyclables or food waste. Recyclables and food waste should be put in their respective carts.
Apartments and condos must provide convenient food and yard waste service and recycling service for their residents. SPU gives warning notices for multi-family garbage containers that contain recyclables and food waste. For each warning, the property will receive a tag on the container and a notice will be mailed to the account. After two warnings, properties may receive a $50 fee on their waste bill for recyclables in the garbage.
What doesn't go in the garbage?
- All food and food-soiled paper products such as paper towels, paper napkins, and cardboard must be composted. What's accepted as food and yard waste?
- Recyclable items such as paper, uncontaminated cardboard, bottles, cups, jars, and cans must be recycled. What's accepted as recycling?
What resources are available?
Seattle Public Utilities offers free assistance to help residents recycle and compost, including the education materials in multiple languages on this page. Learn more about food and yard waste at your house.
Friends of Recycling and Composting (FORC)
If you live in a multi-family residence, ask your property manager if you can sign up as your property's FORC steward. Your property will get a one-time $100 utility bill credit and could receive free kitchen bins for residents.