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This newsletter will keep you informed about ways to reduce utility costs while conserving resources.
Questions? Comments? Contact - socorro.medina@seattle.gov or (206) 684-8717

Friends of Recycling and Composting

Seattle apartment building

Get involved and help residents in your building recycle and compost better.

Do you want to create less garbage at your complex? Would you like to help your neighbors divert recycling and food waste from the garbage? Become a Friend of Recycling and Composting (FORC) for your complex. FORCs help train residents about what goes in the recycling, food waste and garbage; check collection containers; and distribute flyers, posters and kitchen containers.


  • Receive a one-time $100 credit on the property’s utility bill.
  • Help your building recycle and compost more.


  • A FORC can be a manager, resident, or facilities person who is onsite at least once a week.
  • Apartment buildings or condominiums with 5 or more units are eligible to participate.

To sign up, complete the FORC form or contact Lauren Hoerr at (206) 684-5223 or lauren.hoerr@seattle.gov.

Receive free kitchen food waste buckets

People watching a presentation

FORCs learning how to improve recycling and food waste collection at a recent training.

Attend the FORC training on Thursday, April 28 from 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. and receive:

  • Free kitchen food waste buckets
  • Posters, flyers, and other resources to improve recycling and food waste composting at your building
  • Training, tips and background information on recycling and food waste composting
  • A free lunch

Remember, food waste is not allowed in Seattle’s garbage!

Space is limited; reserve your spot by April 14. Please contact Lauren at (206) 684-5223 or lauren.hoerr@seattle.gov to register for the training.

Receive free flyers and posters

Order free posters and flyers in many different languages to educate your residents.

Order Where Does It Go? and Food and Yard Waste Tips flyers for each unit and post extras in common areas such as elevators or mail rooms. We also recommend you post guidelines near each collection container. Order posters and flyers in all languages that are spoken at your property.


We want to hear from you!

What challenges do you face and what successes have you had in improving recycling and composting efforts at your building? Please share your experiences by contacting Lauren Hoerr at
(206) 684-5223 or lauren.hoerr@seattle.gov.

Request assistance for your building

Do you need help improving your building’s food waste and recycling collection? Would you like for us to visit and talk with you and your residents? Do you need onsite technical assistance? If so, please contact Lauren Hoerr at (206) 684-5223 or lauren.hoerr@seattle.gov.

Missed collection

Report a missed collection online or by calling
(206) 684-7665.

Other service issues

Call our Customer Service line at (206) 684-3000.

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