REMINDER to Wallingford residents: Garbage, recycling, and yard waste pickup will be one hour earlier – 6:00 am – this Friday, October 28. The earlier pickup time is in response to the viaduct closure and is only for Seattle residents living north of the Ship Canal and west of I-5.
If you really want to reduce the size of your garbage can, plus make your garbage can less “fragrant,” put all of your food scraps into your yard/food waste container. Any food item without any plastic or foil wrapping can go in your yard/food waste container. One exception is containers of grease and fat, which must go into the garbage.
YES in food/yard waste:
Any kind of food, including meat, bones, and shells.
Coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea bags
Uncoated – not shiny – paper plates, like the inexpensive thin white ones and Chinet brand
Paper napkins, paper towels, uncoated paper bags, pizza boxes, food-soiled newspaper
Shredded paper – loose, mix with moist stuff
Compostable bags and brown or tan-colored compostable food containers approved by Cedar Grove: see http://www.seattle.gov/util/foodwaste for examples
Waxed paper (but not waxed cardboard products – see below)
NO in food/yard waste:
Biodegradable containers not approved by Cedar Grove
Dirty coated (shiny surface) plates, cups, bowls – clean and recycle
Waxed cardboard items such as milk cartons and ice cream containers – rinse and recycle
Disposable utensils even if they are marked as “compostable” or “biodegradable.” These are compostable only by commercial customers.
Grease and fats in lidded container
Facial or toilet tissue, diapers, pet waste, pet bedding, cat litter
Reduce your garbage – help Wallingford win the Think Green Recycling Challenge: http://www.wmnorthwest.com/seattle/seattlerewards.html