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It’s So Easy!

Recycling food and yard waste creates compost for family-friendly landscapes!


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What is foodcycling?

Foodcycling is the new educational WSU program encouraging people to: at least, take advantage of curbside food and yard waste collection services AND/OR apply local commercially-produced compost to their own landscape. At the most, it is making and using compost at home! See our Foodcycling Brochure and the Shore Stewards Newsletter

Here’s a video of Ciscoe Morris foodcycling at his house too!


Confused about what goes in your yard waste cart?  Click Here!


Want to recycle more paper? Visit this page to learn more! Papercycling

Why is foodcycling good for families?

Using compost in your yard helps keep kids and pets safe by reducing your need for garden chemicals. Healthy soil holds moisture longer, and can reduce your summer water bill.Compost-enriched soil helps to fight water pollution, leaving our natural places healthier for future generations to enjoy. Being a foodcycler helps to reduce greenhouse gases by keeping compostables out of the landfill while also helping to reduce your trash bill.

What is compost?

Compost is the dark, earthy material produced by decomposing yard debris, animal waste, and food scraps. Cal Recycle: Compost and Mulch

How is compost made?
Compost can be made in your backyard using several different processes. Composting at Home or compost can be made at commercial facilities that accept food and yard waste. Learn more about Western Washington commercial compost facilities:

Bailey’s Compost

Cedar Grove
Lenz Enterprises

How to use compost:

Using compost is like feeding the soil. If you don’t have the time or patience to make your own compost, you can buy it and apply it! Compost can be used for new or existing lawns, landscape beds, and gardens.

Compost for your lawn in easy steps
Turf Establishment

Compost for yards and gardens
For Many Applications

WSU Using Compost Brochure

“Buying and Using Compost” resource from the Washington Dept. of Ecology

“A User’s Guide to Compost” resource from the Washington Organics Recycling Council

Why is foodcycling good for the environment?

Foodcycling helps fight climate change! When food and yard wastes are composted, the decomposition process releases less greenhouse gases than the yard and food waste decaying in the landfill.
Greenhouse Gases and Composting

Compost helps keep our water clean!

Compost can be used to manage storm water and help soils absorb pollutants before they get to our streams, lakes and Puget Sound.
USCC Compost Stormwater Management
King County Stormwater Pollution and How to Prevent It
Compost helps fight erosion

Are there chemicals in compost?

Most herbicides and pesticides break down in the compost process. Compost producers conduct tests to insure no harmful chemicals are present in finished compost.
USCC Position: Persistent Herbicides
Planet Natural: Pesticides in Natural

Are there diseases in compost?

The compost process helps suppress and eliminate diseases and pathogens. However, you should never put pet waste in a compost bin.
Pathogens and Public Health Concerns with Compost

Washington State University