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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
  • Cedar Grove products
  • Compost Manufacturing Alliance’s commercially accepted items
  • Kitchen paper towels
  • Restroom paper towels
  • Paper napkins
  • Pizza delivery boxes
  • 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
What is not acceptable

Special events

Request bins for a special event.

Waste reduction tips

  • Consider how much food you need and buy portions to reduce your food waste.
  • If you have leftover food after events, offer that food to staff/ students.
  • Bring your own to go containers when dining on campus to reduce use of compostable packaging.