Seattle Public Utilities

Food & Yard

Tips for collecting food scraps

You don’t need a special container to collect kitchen food scraps. Use a container you already have at home, like a plastic ice cream container with a lid.

For easy clean-up, line the inside of your container with a paper bag, newspaper, or a compostable bag.

To help with odors or fruit flies:

  • Put a lid on your container
  • Empty your container in the food and yard waste bin often
  • Wash your container after emptying it
  • Store food scraps in the freezer or refrigerator until collection day
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