Include the Food: Curbside Composting

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 solidwaste@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Include the Food project logo.

Frequently Asked Questions

 What other items (like pizza boxes) can I put in my compost cart?

These items can be composted with a little extra care. Please read the instructions for each item below.

Pizza box

pizza boxes

Remove plastic stickers before composting. Some pizza boxes have stickers that cannot be composted. Once stickers are removed, the pizza box can be composted. If the box isn't greasy, recycle it instead.
egg cartonegg cartonsRemove shiny paper label before composting. Some egg cartons have plastic-coated labels that cannot be composted. If you can't easily remove the label, only compost the bottom of the carton.
shredded papershredded paperKeep plastic out of your shredder. You can compost shredded paper if it does not contain plastic. Don't shred envelopes with windows or shiny paper mailers (these have plastic coatings). Recycle these instead.
tea bagtea bags​Only paper tea bags. Some tea bags are made of plastic fibers that cannot be composted. These feel silky to the touch. Paper tea bags can be composted. These feel like tissue paper.
paper platepaper platesOnly uncoated plates. Many paper plates have a shiny plastic coating that cannot be composted. Coated plates look shiny. Uncoated paper plates can be composted. They are not shiny.
wooden chopstickswooden chopsticks​OK to compost.
weedsweedsOK to compost.
paper bags

​paper bags

​OK to compost. These are great kitchen container liner bags.
compostable liner bagscompostable liner bagsCertified only. Look for the BPI-Certified logo.

 What items can't be composted?

​"compostable" or "biodegradable" serviceware​Not composted locally. Commonly found in Seattle and on ferries. Often labeled "CEDAR GROVE." Includes take-out containers, take-out wrappers, compostable cups, and silverware. Put these in the garbage.

cooking oil and grease

​Put cooled grease in a can with a lid and put in your garbage. Cooking oil can be recycled for free at a drop-off recycling facility.
​pet waste and litter​Bag and put in the garbage.
glass, plastic, and metal​These damage composting equipment, ruin compost, and put compost buyers in danger. Recycle or toss appropriately.

 Where can I buy certified compostable bags?

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.

 What container should I use in my kitchen?

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.

Why is composting food scraps important?

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.

 I don't produce many food scraps; is this worth it?

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.

  Can other neighborhoods participate?

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.

Resources

  • Brochure: Your Guide to Successful Food Scrap Collection

 

This project is a collaboration between Kitsap County Solid Waste Division and Waste Management, Inc.