Maple Valley residents who subscribe to yard waste service can now recycle all their food scraps and food-soiled paper in their yard waste carts.
The average family in King County throws away nine 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.
- 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 and bamboo and are locally available in many stores.
- Gather it all up. Food scraps that can be recycled include meat, fish, bones, vegetable and fruit trimmings, bread, pasta, egg shells and coffee grounds. Food-soiled paper such as used paper towels, napkins, coffee filters and even pizza delivery boxes can be placed inside yard waste containers.
- To avoid odors or fruit flies, place 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 yard waste cart.