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Compostables Guidelines

Residential Compostables Collection

Yard and Food Waste Collection

  • Additional compostables service details provided by the City of Auburn

    Composting your yard and food waste helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve soil quality, reduce the need for chemicals and fertilizers and save water.

    Containers out by 7:00 AM

    Collection times may vary as routing schedules change, and so it is very important to have all containers at the street by 7:00 AM. We appreciate your cooperation.

    Place carts out by 7:00 AM or no earlier than 24 hours before collection day.

    Place 2 feet apart with lids opening toward the street.

    Place 3 feet from obstructions such as cars, trees, fences, mailboxes.

    Where available, place your carts in grass planter strips between the curb and sidewalk.

    Where grass planter strips are not available, place carts out in such a way that does not restrict the reasonable and safe use of the street, sidewalk, or bicycle lanes by pedestrians, bicyclists, and automobiles.

    Remove carts from public property no later than 24 hours after your collection day.

    Collection Schedule:

    Food Scraps & Yard Trimmings are collected subscribers every week year round. Food scraps and food-soiled paper go only in the Compostables cart provided by Waste Management. Food scraps are not accepted in any other containers.

    Compostables Containers

    Compostables containers are offered in 35, 64 and 96 gallon sizes - More.

    Food Scraps Accepted in Yard Carts:

    Collect kitchen food scraps in containers such as:

    • Paper bags
    • Approved compostable bags
    • A reusable container lined with used paper towel or shredded paper. Empty into Food / Yard cart and reuse.
    • Other Kitchen Compost Container Options or contact the City of Auburn Utilities at 253-931-3038
    • Do not put plastic in your cart.
    FREE Organics Kitchen Container

    Kitchen containers are available while supplies last at:

    City of Auburn
    Customer Service Center - Utility Counter
    One East Main Street
    Auburn WA 98001

    You must be a City of Auburn/Waste Management compostables subscriber to participate in food waste recycling and receive a kitchen container.

    Extra Yard Trimmings

    Yard trimmings collected in excess of your current monthly service level (lid must be closed) will incur extra charges of $3.32 for per unit (can, box or yard debris paper bag up to 32-gallons in volume), per pick up.

    Put extra yard debris (NO food) in:

    Paper yard bags (available at home and garden stores), or
    35-gal. cans with handles & lids (65 lb. limit) labeled "Yard" or
    Bundles tied with sisal twine (4'x2' limit)

    Extra yard waste must be labeled "Yard Waste".

    NO plastic bags or food in extra compostables containers. Plastic bags are not compostable and cause processing and odor problems at the composting facility.

    Yard Trimmings Prohibited in Garbage

    Yard trimmings are prohibited from garbage containers. Yard trimmings create extra landfill expense, but can provide nutritious compost and mulch if composted.

    Options for Disposing of Yard Trimmings:

    Compost in your yard (most energy efficient choice!)
    Put yard trimmings in a food/yard waste cart to be collected at the curb
    ------ (To sign up or learn more about food/yard collection, please email
    Take yard trimmings to a transfer station that accepts "clean green".

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