Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Alternatives to Curbside Collection

What are the alternatives to subscribing to food & yard waste collection?

You need to choose either to subscribe to food and yard waste service or to compost it in your backyard. Yard waste is also accepted at the nearest Recycling and Disposal Station for a fee.

Yard waste is not allowed in your garbage. Food waste is allowed in the garbage, but why waste a good thing? Composting and food and yard collection service is less costly than sending it to the landfill.

Does it make sense to have a backyard composter in addition to yard waste collection?

It depends on the size of your yard and how much yard waste you have. With a backyard unit for yard waste and green cones for food scraps you can harvest the compost and amend your own garden soils.

If you have lots of brush, excess lawn trimmings, or leaves that you can’t handle on site, then you might want to subscribe to curbside collection or haul the extra yard waste to a City transfer station or private drop site. Invasive plants should not be composted in your home pile but will break down at the compost facility due to the larger volumes of material and higher temperatures.