All compostable items should go in your gray cart. You can compost:
- Food scraps (including meat, bones, shells, and dairy)
- Food-soiled paper like pizza boxes and paper napkins
- Compostable bags like BioBags or kraft paper bags
- Shredded paper (put in a paper bag)
Download our food scrap poster (pdf, 500kb).
- NO plastic bags in your gray bin! If you want to bag your food scraps, use biodegradable bags like BioBags or paper bags. Free samples of BioBags are available at the Public Works counter at City Hall.
- Absolutely NO pet waste or diapers.
- Pick the stickers off your produce, and untwist the wire or rubber bands from your carrots and kale. Produce stickers and ties are trash.
- Use approved compostable plates, cups, and cutlery at get-togethers – Cedar Grove branded items or uncoated paper products like Chinet. Coffee cups like you get at Starbucks are recyclable, not compostable.
Do you need a container for your kitchen to collect food scraps and food-soiled paper? Get a free food scrap bucket at City Hall, 123 5th Avenue, in the recycling center in the downstairs lobby.
Free food scrap compost service is available to all qualified apartment and condominium complexes. To sign up, get approval from your property manager or homeowners' association and complete the online application.
Want to compost food scraps but it won't work at your complex? The City is offering a pilot food scrap drop-off program that allows people who live in condos and apartments to drop off their food scraps in gray carts at City Hall and the North Kirkland Community Center. Get details about how to participate.
All the material in your gray cart goes to Cedar Grove composting facilities in Everett or Maple Valley, where it's turned into compost in a matter of weeks. The average household's waste produces five yards of compost each year, according to Cedar Grove.