The city of Seattle prohibits compostable food and paper in the garbage.

What is acceptable

Food waste, including:

  • Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, bones
  • Egg and dairy products
  • Table scraps and plate scrapings
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Bread, dough, pasta, grains
  • Coffee grounds, coffee filters, tea bags
  • Approved compostable serviceware
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Restroom paper towels
  • Paper napkins
  • Pizza delivery boxes
  • Waxed cardboard and paper
  • Paper take-out cartons without plastic lining (to test for plastic lining, tear the item; plastic is usually visible along the tear)
  • Flowers and plants (no soil)
  • Paper bags and approved biodegradable bags
  • Some coffee cups
  • Shredded paper (no metal or plastic)

What is not acceptable

Special events

Request bins for a special event.