Include the Food is a pilot program for certain neighborhoods in Kitsap County.
Contaminated compost is a big issue, so we only included certain "fail-safe" items in the resources you received. But if you take extra care and follow these preparation instructions you can compost the following additional items.
Don't compost coated plates. Coated plates look shiny. Uncoated paper plates, which can be composted, are not shiny.
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 care area.
Composting is one of the best things you can do for the environment.
Reduces greenhouse gas. Food scraps do not decay normally in the landfill. Because of the low oxygen conditions, the food instead produces methane gas. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas.
Reduces energy used in transportation. Garbage made in Kitsap County is transported over 300 miles to a landfill. The material in your compost cart, however, is taken to a compost facility in Belfair.
Keep valuable nutrients available. Compost increases crop yields, cleans toxic stormwater runoff, and repairs damaged soils.
Yes! Because food scraps are so heavy compared to other waste items, even a small amount of food scraps makes a big difference.
All single-family residents living inside city limits can subscribe. People living in unincorporated areas should check this map for service availability in their area or contact your regular recycling hauler. Service is available within the permanent burn ban area.