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Food and Yard Debris Collection

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.


Yard / Food Waste is collected 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:


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.

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    Yard Trimmings Prohibited in Garbage


    Yard trimmings are prohibited from garbage containers. Yard trimmings create extra landfill expense, but can provide nutritious compost and mulch if composted.

    Options for Disposing of Yard Trimmings:

    Compost in your yard (most energy efficient choice!)
    Put yard trimmings in a yard cart to be collected at the curb
    ------ (Sign up for food / yard collection.)
    Take yard trimmings to a transfer station that accepts "clean green".


    Container Placement at the Street


    Place carts:
    • Three (3) feet apart
    • At least three (3) feet from cars, trees, mailboxes, fences
    • Cart lids opening toward street
    • Where available, place carts in grass planter strips between the curb and sidewalk.
    • If planter strips are not available, yet sidewalks are wide enough, place carts front of sidewalk in such a way that does block wheelchair or pedestrian access.

      Final option: If planter strips are not available and sidewalks are not present or wide enough to accommodate both carts and wheelchair access, place carts in the street with wheels as close as possible to the curb.
    When possible, trucks with robotic arms will lift, empty and replace the carts without the drivers leaving the trucks, reducing safety hazards and traffic congestion.

    Cart Placement at the Street



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    Click here to download - Collection Guidelines



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