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Yard and Food Waste 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.

Acceptable Yard and Food Waste:

  • Food scraps: Meats, dairy products, fruits and vegetables, breads, eggshells and nutshells, coffee grounds, and tea bags

  • Food-soiled paper: Pizza boxes, paper towels & napkins, non-shiny paper plates and cups, paper egg cartons, paper grocery bags with food scraps, and coffee filters

  • Yard debris: Grass, leaves, weeds, pine needles, thatch, plant trimmings, and branches less than 3 inches in diameter and less than 4 feet in length

Collection Schedule


Yard and food waste are collected weekly from subscribers from March - November and monthly the first full week of the month December - February.

Collection Calendar


Extra Yard Trimmings


There is a charge for additional yard trimmings that are not inside the cart.

  • 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)
    Kraft type yard bags

  • Extra carts are available for a fee

    * 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



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