Seattle Public Utilities

Food & Yard

Compost so life goes on, Compost your food waste

Food waste doesn’t have to be wasted. Putting it in the Food & Yard waste cart is the first step to turning it into compost. That compost provides nutrients to soil, closing the loop and potentially turning the food waste into food for your table. 

Food and Yard waste are not allowed in the garbage.

All Seattle residents, buildings and food businesses are required to have food waste collection service.


Use our calculator to estimate the monthly cost of your garbage and yard waste pick-up.

A hand holds a napkin over a compost bin

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