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Food Scraps and Yard Debris

WM NorthwestComposting 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


Customers subscribing to yard / food waste receive collection weekly year round. Food scraps and food-soiled paper go only in the Food/Yard cart provided by WM. Food scraps are not accepted in any other containers.

Food Scraps Accepted in Yard Carts:


Collect kitchen food scraps in containers such as:

  • Paper bags
  • A reusable container lined with used paper towels. Empty into Food / Yard cart and reuse.
  • Do not put plastic in your cart.
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To avoid odor &
fruit flies, you can:

  • Empty food scraps into the outside cart daily.
  • Rinse kitchen container frequently.
  • Line kitchen container with a used paper towel or paper bag.
  • Sprinkle baking soda in kitchen container.
  • Rub container lid with vinegar
  • Layer food & yard trimmings in your cart.
Kitchen Compost Containers

Homemade Kitchen Scrap Container

You can make your own kitchen scrap collection container using an old pitcher, bucket, glass jar or yogurt container that you already have on hand. A container with a tight fitting lid works best.

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Many retailers also sell countertop compost containers made of plastic, stainless steel or ceramics.



Kraft type yard bags

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.


  • WM Green Yard Waste Cart


    Click here to download - Collection Guidelines


    Click here to download - Free Kitchen Containers



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