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Food & Yard Waste Guidelines

Yard and Food Waste Collection

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.

Collection Schedule:

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

Collection Rates

Yard and Food Waste collection is provided at no extra cost with your basic garbage service.

Please note: Extra food and yard waste will be subject to an additional charge. Click Here for specific rates.

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
  • Do not put plastic in your cart.
Larger view click here Cart Tagging

City of Kirkland and Waste Management use "Compost Only" Oops tags to monitor contamination in food/yard waste carts. If a driver spots contamination in your food/yard waste cart, the cart will be tagged, and you will be informed on proper disposal. Food/yard waste carts should be free of contaminants prior to servicing.

Extra Yard Trimmings

For yard trimmings that don't fit in your yard cart you may use:

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

    * Yard trimmings are not accepted in plastic bags.

    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 yard cart to be collected at the curb
    ------ (Sign up for food / yard collection.)
    Take yard trimmings to a transfer station that accepts "clean green".

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