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.

Food and yard waste is not allowed in your garbage.

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

If you have a lot of brush, excess lawn trimmings, or leaves that you can’t handle on-site, then you can subscribe to curbside collection or haul the extra yard waste to a City transfer station or private drop site.

Backyard composting can be a great way to recycle yard waste and kitchen scraps while keeping your garden, lawn, and trees healthy. 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.