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.

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Watch the Kitchen Composting 101 video below for tips.


Materials Collected

Materials to put in your Food Scraps & Yard Debris container

  • Food Scraps

  • Fruits & Vegetables

  • Bread, pasta & grains

  • Eggshells, nutshells

  • Fish, meat & dairy

  • Coffee grounds & filters

  • Tea bags

  • Food soiled paper

  • Paper towels & 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)


No. DO NOT compost these items

  • Plastic

  • Coated paper plates and cups

  • Milk or juice cartons

  • Styrofoam

  • 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. For tips on how to keep containers clean, how to collect food scraps in the kitchen and information on why composting saves money and conserves resources.

  • King County Backyard Food Composting Guide. If you have the space, compost your food scraps & yard debris in your own back yard.

  • 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.

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