Most single-family homes in Kitsap County can set up curbside composting collection for food scraps and yard waste. Compostables are turned into soil products at a privately-run composting facility in Belfair, WA.
Read the FAQs below to learn what can and cannot be composted with this service.
Questions about composting? Email
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Can my home subscribe to curbside compost? Enter your address into our
interactive curbside composting map to learn if your single-family home can receive curbside composting service.
Food scraps (including meat and dairy), napkins, paper towels, coffee filters, and yard waste are easy to compost. Remove shiny paper labels, stickers, plastic, metal, and glass. Don't put dirt or rocks in your compost cart.
Print a curbside composting guide to use in your home.
With a little extra care, the items listed below can also be composted. Please follow the instructions next to each item.
Certified "BPI" only. Bags with the
BPI-Certified Logo can be composted.
cooking oil and grease
Yes, as long as you follow these instructions and prevent any glass, plastic, or metal contamination.
"BPI certified" compostable bags are optional; you can also put food scraps directly into your cart or into a paper bag.
BPI certified compostable bags are sold in Kitsap County grocery and home stores near the garbage bags or in the natural home products section. Or by them online by searching for
"BPA certified compostable bags."
Any sturdy container will work. Some people like small containers that they empty frequently, while others like larger containers that hold lots of scraps. To reduce odor, use a container you can store in your freezer or fridge.
Plastic ice cream buckets, metal or plastic coffee cans, or food storage containers are great inexpensive options. You can also purchase
manufactured countertop compost containers online or in some local home goods stores.
Composting food scraps is a great thing for the enenvironment.
Keep material out of the landfill. Around 42% of what the average Washington home trashes is organic waste that could have been composted.
Reduces greenhouse gas. Food scraps don't rot normally in the landfill because of the low oxygen conditions. Instead they produce methane gas, 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 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.
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.
If you have a small yard and cannot fill your container with yard waste, consider teaming up with a neighbor to split the cost of a single compost cart.