New food scraps collection program!
Urban unincorporated Washington County community members can include food scraps in their yard debris roll carts.
Nearly 30% of garbage is food scraps
Food is an essential part of our lives. Despite our best efforts, food waste still happens. When food starts to break down in landfills, it releases methane gas, which traps heat in our atmosphere and contributes to climate change.
Composting food scraps helps reduce pollution. Composting turns food scraps and yard debris into healthy soil. Participate in a curbside compost collection or community garden compost program to help reduce food waste sent to landfills.
Collecting food scraps for composting is easy
- Find a container to collect food scraps.
- Place food scraps container in a convenient spot in your kitchen.
- Collect all food scraps in the container.
- Empty food scraps container into yard debris cart.
Do include in your food scraps container:
- Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, cheese, dairy, bread, baked goods, pasta, rice, beans, nuts, seeds, vegetables and fruit
- Peels, pits, eggshells, bones and coffee grounds
- Raw or cooked food, uneaten leftovers and spoiled food
- Paper coffee filters and tea bags
- Food-soiled paper napkins and paper towels
- Only Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified compostable bags
Do NOT include:
- Coffee cups, paper plates, takeout food containers or wrappers, drink cups, straws or utensils
- “Compostable” containers or packaging, or other items labeled "biodegradable" or "made from plants”
- Wax paper, parchment paper or facial tissue.
- Plastic bags, plastic wrap, metal or glass. Remove all packaging from food before putting it in your compost bin.
- Liquids, grease or cooking oil
What areas offer curbside food scrap collection?
If you live in a city included in the list below, you may have access to curbside food scraps collection combined with your yard debris pickup. Click on your city's link to learn more: