About Us

As an industry-leading environmental solutions company, Cedar Grove harnesses the vitality of organic waste by recycling it into innovative products. In doing so, we energize cities, businesses and citizens to be a force for good by coming full circle with their organic waste.

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Cedar Grove also plays an important role in diverting organic waste from landfills. At two local facilities, we compost more than 350,000 tons of residential and commercial yard and food waste annually.

Using nature as our guide and proven technology, we're responsible for transforming waste materials into inventive products that benefit our community. We divert supposed "waste" that would otherwise be mixed in with trash and shipped to landfills and transform it into clean, nutrient-rich products.

In 1988, the City of Seattle came to us and asked for our help in recycling the organic yard waste collected curbside. We jumped at the opportunity. Having been in the waste management and recycling business since 1938, we knew it was the last frontier of recycling. We felt a sense of obligation to our city, our business, and of course, the environment.

Since then, we’ve made huge strides in organic recycling—as a company and as a region. In 2004, we started accepting food waste.

We believe in investing in the best technologies available—in the world. We search far and wide for state-of-the-art equipment that produces measurable results, and our diligence continues to pay off.

We utilize GORE® Cover and the OdoWatch™ system. These technologies help us continue to lead the way in waste recycling, odor management and the creation of renewable products.

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Awards

Since 1988, Cedar Grove has been recognized as a top contributor in organics recycling in the Puget Sound region as well as on a national scale. Our dedication to sustainable practices and technology has remained constant throughout our history and is a pillar as we continue to break ground in the organic waste industry.

November 2020 - Association of Washington Business

Winner - Leading Environmental Practices

April 2019 - Seattle Business magazine - 2019 Manufacturer of the Year

November 2017 - U.S. Composting Council - Composter of the Year
Recognized for Excellence in Compost Production, Marketing and Distribution

October 2017 – National Waste and Recycling Association – Organics Recycler of the Year
Recognized for leadership based on key measurements including innovation, quantity or materials collected and processed, sustainability measures and more.

November 2016 – Washington Organics Recycling Association – Facility of the Year

August 2016 – King County Best Workplace for Waste Prevention and Recycling

May 2016 – Waste 360 40 Under 40 – J. Stephan Banchero III

November 2014 – Seattle Business Magazine Community Impact Award – Business of the Year
Recognized for positive community impact in the areas we operate and serve

June 2014 - E3 Washington – Business and Schools Partnership
Recognized for Organics Recycling Summits and Seeds for Scholars Scholarship

February 2014 – Issaquah Chamber of Commerce – Innovation in Issaquah Award
Recognized for tremendous focus and commitment to operational excellence at Maple Valley facility

October 2013 – Secretary of State’s Corporations for Community Award
Recognized for positive community impact in the areas we operate and serve

Tours

If your place of business is a customer of Cedar Grove and would like a tour for your staff, please contact your Cedar Grove account manager.

If you are inquiring on behalf of a school that is a Cedar Grove Organics hauling customer, we do offer educational opportunities in the classroom and at Sound Sustainable Farms. For more information, please contact your Cedar Grove account manager.

Please note that all tours require that attendees be age 18 or up.