Yard waste, including food scraps and food-soiled paper, comprises one of the most valuable resources in King County. Collected curbside from residents and from commercial businesses by private haulers, the material is recycled locally into compost, a valuable resource for use by home gardeners, institutions and local parks.
Curbside yard waste collection services
City and county ordinances prohibit yard waste from curbside garbage collection.
Yard waste collection at the curb is available to most customers as part of their garbage collection service. An additional fee is charged for this hauler service which is provided by the private solid waste management companies. Leaves, grass, brush, prunings, yard clippings, twigs and branches are accepted at the curbside.
Residential (and commercial) yard waste in King County is turned into compost at Cedar Grove Composting (external site), one of the largest compost facilities in North America.
In many areas of King County you also can recycle your food scraps and food-soiled paper in your yard waste cart . For more information, contact your local service provider. Use the drop-down menu below to find the service provider for your area.
Garbage & Recycling
Yard waste recycling at King County recycling and transfer stations
Yard waste recycling is available at the Bow Lake, Enumclaw, Shoreline and Vashon recycling and transfer stations and the Cedar Falls Drop Box.
Leaves, grass, brush, clippings, and branches less than four inches in diameter and eight feet in length are accepted at a rate lower than the garbage disposal fee.
No stumps, dimensional lumber, rocks, dirt or sod, demolition debris or plastic is accepted as yard waste. No glass, metal, or plastic can be included in yard waste. Containers, including plastic bags, used for transport must be emptied and taken home for disposal or reuse.
Yard waste recycling fee