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November Recycling Tips from the City of Auburn: Don't Let Your Food Go to Waste

The average family in King County throws away 9 pounds of food every week, adding up to 470 pounds every year. As a result, more than one-third of the County’s garbage is made up of food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard debris—the largest percentage of the waste stream.

Auburn residents who subscribe to compostables service can now compost all their food scraps and food-soiled paper in their yard waste carts. When you compost food scraps rather than throwing them in the garbage, they are turned into nutrient-rich compost for local gardens and parks.

Here are tips to get started:

  • Order Compostables Service: You can compost all your food scraps and food soiled paper in your hauler-supplied, curbside compostables cart. There are several cart sizes available – 35, 64 and 96-gallon. Contact the City of Auburn Utility Department at 253-931-3038 to order service.
  • Find the best kitchen container for you: Food scrap collection can be as simple as using a plastic container or a paper bag which can be recycled along with the food. Containers designed specifically for food scrap recycling now come in a variety of styles from stainless steel to ceramic to bamboo and are locally available in many stores.
  • Gather it all up: Food scraps that can be composted include meat, fish, bones, vegetable and fruit trimmings, bread, pasta and beans, egg shells and coffee grounds. You can also put in food-soiled paper such as used paper towels, napkins, coffee filters, even pizza delivery boxes.
  • Avoid the “ick” factor: If you’re concerned about odors or fruit flies, place your food scraps in compostable bags, a closed paper bag or store in the refrigerator or freezer until collection day. Empty your collection container every few days into the compostables cart.

For more information, visit the City of Auburn Solid Waste & Recycling Division at www.auburnwa.gov/solidwaste or www.recyclefood.com.

Information provided by the King County Solid Waste Division and the City of Auburn Solid Waste & Recycling Division.