Seattle recycles food waste
The food scraps recycling by Seattle residents
increased by 47 percent in 2009, thanks to new weekly collection
contracts and customer participation. This puts Seattle’s recycling
of food waste at approximately 10 times the national average.
To thank customers for their efforts, Seattle Public Utilities
(SPU) and Cedar Grove Composting ran a special campaign called
Compost Days. Seattle residents were given two free bags of Cedar
Grove compost and free Green Kitchen Kits.
Coupons for the free compost and the kitchen kits were distributed
through SPU’s CurbWaste & Conserve Newsletter in late March.
Coupons were also available in Pacific Northwest Magazine and
the Sunday Seattle Times during late April and May. Local retailers
also participated with discounts on additional bags or bulk loads
In 2009, Seattle residents turned more than 89,000 tons of organics
into earth-friendly compost through food waste collection, backyard
composting and grasscycling.
More than 26,000 tons of food waste was collected at the curb
and returned back to local gardens, instead of going to the landfill.
Food waste made up about 20 percent of the 400,000 tons of garbage
Seattle sent to the landfill in 2008. Cedar Grove Composting
has been composting Seattle’s yard waste for almost 20 years,
and now handles yard and food waste collected from cities and
counties all around Puget Sound.
Cedar Grove is one of the largest composting facilities in the
United States, and the sole facility handling all the food waste
in the immediate Seattle area.