Nearly 30% of what we throw away in our garbage is food and other organic material. The average single-family household throws away about 45 pounds of food scraps and food-soiled paper every month.
Now food scraps recycling just got easier!
If you live in a home within Redmond city limits you can order a free food scraps kitchen pail and sample roll of compostable bags. Use the bags in your food scraps pail and throw them into the yard waste cart – they will also be turned into compost.
To order a free pail and roll of compostable bags call Waste Management at 1-800-592-9995.
If you already have a pail, you can instead order just a roll of compostable bags by calling 425-556-2897.
These can be Recycled in
Your Food Waste Cart:
- Vegetable and fruit trimmings
- Meats, fish and poultry scraps and bones
- Plate scrapings
- Egg shells
- Coffee grounds
- Paper towels and napkins
- Greasy pizza delivery boxes
They will be turned into compost for gardening and landscaping.
Remember ONLY approved compostable bags can be placed in your yard waste cart. For more information about approved compostable bags and where they can be purchased visit www.recyclefood.org.
Properly Recycle Your Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs use up to 75% less energy than incandescent light bulbs and last up to 10 times longer. Puget Sound Energy provides instant rebates on CFL lighting at participating retailers to help you save money, energy and the environment.
Please note that CFLs contain a very small amount of mercury and need to be kept out of the household recycling and garbage bins. That way, they won’t accumulate in landfills where they can harm the environment.