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Food & Yard Waste - Apartment/Condo Owners

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. After July 1, 2015 fines will be issued to businesses and residents whose garbage containers contain too much food or recyclables.

By law, Seattle apartment and condominium properties of five or more units must provide a food waste collection cart for residents to use.

To subscribe, adjust the cart size, or report missed service or a missing liner for the cart, call (206) 684-7665.

Food and Yard Waste Service Options

  • Cart sizes and costs
  • Curb/Alley weekly service - Carts must be set out at the curb or alley by 7:00 a.m. and retrieved after collection. Most economical option.
  • On-site service - Collectors access and empty the carts wherever they are located. Most convenient option. Weekly additional collection available for added cost.
  • Contact private waste hauling companies to compare services and pricing.

Friend of Recycling and Composting (FORC) $100 Credit

To receive a one-time $100 credit on your utility bill, sign up a person (manager, facilities staff, or resident) who is on the property at least once a week to be a Friend of Recycling and Composting (pdf).

FORC Sign Up (Choose One)

Free Kitchen Food Waste Buckets for All Units at Your Property!

After signing up, the FORC can register to attend an optional training and qualify the property for free kitchen buckets for all units at the property. To register for the next FORC training in 2015, contact registrar Mason Giem at (206) 684-5223 or The March 11th training is now full. The next available training is April 23rd, 1-3 PM, downtown Seattle.

Resources for Success at Your Property

Backyard Composting on Your Property

Some properties may also wish to make compost at home. Composting on your property can save money and benefit the environment. However, no dairy or meat products should go in a home pile due to potential odor or pest problems. They are accepted in the curbside collection cart. Food waste such as soiled pizza boxes, napkins, and paper towels should also go into the cart.

Related links

Food & Yard Waste for Residents of Apartments & Condos
Reduce, Reuse, Exchange - Keep useful items out of the waste stream
Can I recycle this item? Look It Up!
Cedar Grove Composting - Local processor of food and yard compost materials