What goes in my food scraps and yard debris cart?

Tips & Guidelines
Food Scraps & Yard Debris service is now included in residential garbage service! These scraps and debris create a valuable product to use in parks and gardens and help keep this material out of the landfill. When you keep food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard debris separate from your garbage you extend the life of our landfill and conserve resources.

Your Food Scraps & Yard Debris cart is collected every week on your garbage collection day. Login to your account to learn more about your collection schedule.

Questions?  Call Recology CleanScapes at 206.763.4444.


Materials Collected

Put these types of materials in your food scraps and yard debris cart:

    • Food scraps
    • Fruits, vegetables
    • Bread, pasta, grains
    • Eggshells, nutshells
    • Fish, meat, dairy
    • Coffee grounds and filters
    • Tea bags
    • Food soiled paper
    • Paper towel & napkins
    • Paper plates & cups
    • Paper take-out cartons
    • Greasy delivery pizza boxes
    • Paper bags containing food scraps
    • Yard debris
    • Grass, leaves, & twigs
    • Weeds
    • Houseplants
    • Branches (under 4′ long, 4″ wide)
DO NOT place these items in your food scraps and yard debris cart:
  • Plastic
  • Coated paper plates and cups
  • Milk or juice cartons
  • StyrofoamTM
  • Metal
  • Foil
  • Glass
  • Animal or human waste
  • Pet litter
  • Diapers
  • Hazardous waste
  • Soil
  • Rocks
  • Stumps/limbs (over 4′ long, 4″ wide)
  • Lumber or fencing
  • Painted or treated wood

Do not put plastic, glass, metal, or recalled food in the Food Scraps & Yard Debris container.


  • King County Yard Waste Tips on keeping containers clean, collecting food scraps in the kitchen and information about the financial and environmental benefits of composting.
  • King County Backyard Food Composting Guide on composting food and yard waste in your own backyard.

  • To make food scrap composting easier, call 206.801.2455 to reserve a free sample of compostable bags that are available for pick-up at Shoreline City Hall.

Download the Food Scraps & Yard Debris Poster


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Watch the Kitchen Composting 101 video below for tips
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