Composting Benefits

Composting is good for the earth

  • Saves energy: Food waste is one third of the Seattle's residential garbage, some of which is transported by train 300 miles to an Oregon landfill. Composting uses less energy.
  • Protects our climate: In landfills, food waste takes up space and and produces a lot of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that causes climate change.
  • Compost so life goes on: Composting returns valuable nutrients to the soil that grows our food and yards.

Composting can save you money

Seattle city law requires separate food & yard waste collection. Property owners say it also:

  • Helps prevent costly repairs due to clogged drains and sewer lines.
  • Is popular with residents who like "green" features.
  • Can reduce garbage service costs and sewer overflow costs, especially when combined with a successful recycling program.

Compost instead of using in-sink garbage disposals

  • Garbage disposals waste a lot of water and energy. That's your money!
  • Disposals contribute to expensive, clogged sewer pipes on your property and in your neighborhood. Along with fats, oils, and grease, they cause sewer backups.
  • Composting is easier, quicker, and cheaper.

Related links

Backyard Composting
Using Compost
Composting at Multi-Family Properties


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Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is comprised of three major direct-service providing utilities: the Water Utility, the Drainage and Wastewater Utility, and the Solid Waste Utility.