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Food and Yard
Debris Guidelines



Food and Yard Debris

The City of Bothell has partnered with Waste Management of Washington, Inc. to provide curbside collection of yard/food waste for a segment of residential customers living within the City of Bothell city limits.

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.

Yard Debris and Food Scrap Collection Schedule:

Weekly Collection: The yard & food scrap cart is emptied weekly year 'round at no extra charge.

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.

Food Scraps Accepted in Yard Carts:

Collect kitchen food scraps in containers such as:


Extra Yard Trimmings

There is a charge for additional units of yard trimmings (no food scraps) beyond the basic service.

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.




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