Composting 101: What can’t I put in my cart?

Do I need to take the labels off my fruit before composting them?

fstickerYES. Those cute little stickers on your oranges and apples are made of plastic and don’t break down into compost, so peel them off before putting your apple cores and orange peels in the food and yard waste cart.

Other stuff not allowed in the compost includes pet waste (double bag in plastic and put in garbage), coffee cups and milk or ice cream cartons (put in recycling).

Learn more about what’s accepted in your food and yard waste cart.

Can I recycle Styrofoam?

StyrofoamNO. Seattle residents cannot recycle styrofoam in their curbside recycling containers. Ask your local mail house to see if they’ll reuse foam packaging, or you can take it to Styro Recycle in Renton.

Lots of other items that can’t be recycled in your recycling cart can be reused or recycled at locations throughout Seattle. For free drop-off recycling services for things like CFL light bulbs, batteries, cell phones and medicine, visit

Final Weekend to Get Free Compost

Hurry! Compost Days Ends April 15

Grab your coupon and head to a participating Compost Days retailer by April 15, and you’ll receive a free bag compost when you buy two bags!

For every coupon redeemed and every bag donated, Cedar Grove will donate a bag to local food-growing gardens managed by Seattle Tilth’s Just Garden Project and WSU Snohomish County Extension Community Gardens.

Stop by your local Fred Meyer by April 15th for great deals on kitchen compost kits with discounts up to 30% off – they’re the perfect way to store and carry your leftover food scraps to your food and yard waste cart.

Last year, Seattle residents helped divert 125,000 tons of food and yard waste through composting.

To learn more about Compost Days, visit








Report illegal dumping now on Find It, Fix It mobile app

Seattle smartphone users can now report illegal dumping and streetlight outages with the city’s Find It, Fix It app.

The app – launched last summer – allows city residents to report problems and make their neighborhoods more livable. It takes advantage of technology available on mobile devices, including geographic awareness, to give mobile users a convenient way to alert the city to issues, while providing location information that helps city staff respond.

To report an issue, users simply use their smartphone to snap a photo, add detailed information, and hit submit. The map’s “drag and drop” feature or the phone’s own technology can be used to pinpoint the location. Residents can report many types of issues, including:

  • Abandoned Vehicles
  • Graffiti
  • Potholes
  • Parking Enforcement/Concerns
  • Other (for miscellaneous concerns)

Since its launch Find It, Fix It has been downloaded to 6,350 mobile devices and users have submitted 6,393 requests through this new channel (graffiti, 2,551; other, 1,744; pothole, 1,012; abandoned vehicles, 558; and parking enforcement, 528).

Android users can download the app from the Google Play Store and iPhone users can download it from the App Store.


Kitchen Compost Kit Sale Ends April 15

Stop by your local Fred Meyer now through April 15th for great deals on kitchen compost containers and compostable bags with discounts up to 30 percent off!

Part of Compost Days, you can also get a free bag of Cedar Grove Compost when you by two bags. Just download a coupon. For every coupon redeemed, Cedar Grove will donate a bag of compost to local gardens!

Hurry, sale ends April 15. To find participating retailers, visit