Households and businesses can now recycle food scraps and food soiled paper in their curbside yard waste bin. Food scraps, food-soiled paper and yard waste are recycled into a nutrient-rich soil amendment; compost. Using compost improves the health of our plants, crops, local gardens and parks.
Nearly 30% of what we throw away in our qarbaqe is recyclable food scraps and food soiled paper – and the average single-family household throws away about 48 pounds of food scraps and food-soiled paper every month. Vegetable and fruit trimmings, meats, fish and poultry scraps and bones, plate scrapings, egg shells, coffee grounds, paper towels and napkins -even greasy pizza delivery boxes-all can be recycled in your curbside yard waste cart.
Avoiding odors and flies
- If you’re concerned about odors and fruit flies:
- Use a kitchen container with a tighffitting lid and/or a carbon filter.
- Put food scraps in a compostable bag, paper bag or wrap the food scraps in newspaper and store in the freezer until collection day.
- Rinse out your kitchen container after emptying it.
- Line the container with a scrap of cardboard, paper bag or paper towel.
- Sprinkle baking soda in the container.
- A small layer of shredded paper or newspaper can absorb liquids in your cart.
Keep your cart clean. Line the bottom with newspaper and/or layer food scraps and food soiled paper with your yardwaste. Using paper or
compostable bags will also help keep the cart clean. When your cart starts to smell, contact your garbage hauler to have your cart replaced with a clean one.
Don’t put these in the food scrap/yard waste bin
- Plastic-coated containers such as milk and ice cream containers.
- Plastic coated paper such as plates, cups and bowls. They do not degrade over time.
- Plastic of any kind.