Seattle Residential: I Do That: Seattle leads nation in food waste recycling

Seattle leads nation in food waste recycling

Seattle leads nation in food waste recycling

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Food waste into compost, the Seattle way.


In an article today the Seattle Times tells us that Seattlites  are recycling food at a rate 10 times higher than the national average. It’s interesting to note that 26,400 tons of food scraps yields 10,000 tons of compost in just seven or eight weeks. And all of this waste is now out of the garbage the city has to dispose of and out of the landfills, eventually headed back to a garden near you.

A few years ago we had some recycling, a yard waste container for leaves, grass clippings and pruning material. Then the city allowed some waste food to go in with the yard waste. This past year all food waste, including meat and fish, bones and all can go in the yard waste can, and it is picked up each week. If you don’t have much yard waste you can get a smaller can.

Recycling Seattle

In the picture the blue can in the middle used to be for our garbage. Now we are able to use the small brown box on the left for non-recyclables, and rarely fill it. There is a can similar to the yard waste bin on the right for recycling paper and plastics.  Last year I used the blue can for growing potatoes and may just do the same thing again this year.

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Glenn Roberts



Comment balloon 2 commentsGlenn Roberts • April 16 2010 03:39PM


Interesting!     I always think, though, that people who gravitate to the Pacific Northwest Coast are of a more environmentally aware nature, anyway?

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) almost 11 years ago

Hi Li, When I moved out here 25 years ago I was impressed with the grandure and the beauty and it made a big change in me.

Posted by Glenn Roberts (Retired) almost 11 years ago