Seattle Public Utilities

How to recycle

Compostable Food Service Items

In food and yard waste

Food service items labeled “Compostable” or “#7 PLA” go in the food and yard waste. This includes:

  • Food containers
  • Cups
  • Plates
  • Straws and utensils
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Uncoated (not shiny) paper plates and bowls (such as Chinet brand)

Learn more about compostable packaging (pdf).

Decrease waste: Choose reusable items or donate to thrift stores.