Include the Food is a curbside composting pilot project that helps people compost food scraps. The pilot is happening in some neighborhoods of Kitsap County starting in the month of September.
Thank you for participating in this pilot! If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Kitsap County Solid Waste at 1.360.337.5777 or email@example.com.
These items can be composted with a little extra care. Please read the instructions for each item below.
cooking oil and grease
Certified compostable bags can be used to collect food scraps in any container you own. These bags are optional; you can also put food scraps directly into your cart or into a paper bag.
Find certified compostable bags online by searching "BPA certified compostable bags" or in local grocery and home goods stores. Check near the garbage bags or in the natural home products areas.
Any sturdy container that fits in your kitchen will work. Some people prefer small containers that have to be emptied frequently, while others prefer larger containers that can hold a lot of scraps.
Plastic ice cream buckets, sturdy coffee cans, or food storage containers are great inexpensive options. You can also purchase specially designed countertop compost containers online or in some local home goods stores.
Composting food scraps is one of the best things you can do to help the environment.
Reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Food scraps don't decay normally in the landfill because of the low oxygen conditions. Instead, they produce methane gas. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas.
Reduces energy and emissions from transportation. Garbage made in Kitsap County travels over 300 miles to a landfill in Oregon. The stuff you put in your compost cart is taken to Belfair, WA for composting.
Keeps nutrients available. Compost is shown to increase crop yields, clean toxic stormwater runoff, and repair damaged soils. It's too valuable to waste.
Yes! Food scraps are heavier than other types of waste, so it takes lots of energy to transport them to the landfill. Sending even a small amount to the local composting facility makes a difference.
Households within the curbside composting service areas (the permanent burn ban area) of Kitsap County can subscribe to curbside compost service. Contact your waste hauler to see if your address is eligible. Cost is around $8 per month for every-other-week pickup of a 96-gallon wheeled cart.
Waste Management Customer Service
Bainbridge Disposal: 1.206.842.4882
Households that already subscribe to curbside compost service can put food scraps in their compost cart. See the Include the Food brochure for instructions.
This project is a collaboration between Kitsap County Solid Waste Division and Waste Management, Inc.