Garbage, Recycling, Food and Yard Waste

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Hauling Services for Residents and Businesses


For additional information on proper waste disposal, recycling options, and hazardous waste please visit King County’s “What do I do with…?" database.

Garbage service is a mandatory, as requirement by Kent City Code 7.03. Along with the convenient gray garbage cart, customers will also receive a blue recycling cart and a green yard and food waste cart in a choice of sizes at no additional charge.

Save money on your garbage bill! Approximately 70% of what we throw away at home is recyclable material and another near 30% is compostable.  Placing the materials pictured on the posters in the correct cart may allow you to reduce the size of your garbage cart and reduce your garbage bill. Take a look at what’s in your gray cart and see if anything should be added to the blue or green cart. Use the resource guide to help you out.


Food and Yard Waste

Food and yard debris is about 30% of the waste we generate at home.

  • Throw food scraps away in a convenient kitchen countertop container
    • Many styles are available and some offer carbon filters to eliminate odors
    • Line the container with a paper or compostable bag for easy carry-ou
  • Collect food scraps and food-soiled paper after a meal and when cleaning out the fridge 
    • Peel spuds right onto yesterday’s news – a couple of pages from a newspaper will do to wrap it up
    • Add in fruit and veggie trimmings, meat, fish, chicken-even the bones, bread, pasta, coffee ground
    • After dinner, scrape the plates straight into the container
    • Paper towels, napkins, greasy pizza delivery boxes, uncoated (non-shiny) paper plates and cups can go in to
  • Empty the container into your green yard waste cart
    • Reduce odors by dumping kitchen container contents into your green cart dail
    • Keep your cart clean by lining the bottom with newspaper and/or layer your food scraps in with your yard waste;  using compostable or paper bags will also help keep the cart clea
    • Add shredded paper with food waste to absorb moisture
    • Rinse out your cart on a strip of grass, NEVER DOWN A STORM DRAIN.  Republic Services offers one free cart cleaning per year and additional cleanings and low cost.
    • Worried about odors? Designate a produce drawer or corner in your fridge or freezer to store those “odor ridden” items-generally the raw meats, chicken and fish. Add these items to your green yard waste cart and reduce your garbage, the size of your gray cart and garbage bill.  See flyers for more information.

Contact us for FREE assistance with waste prevention or recycling programs.

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