Recycle your Organic Waste

Cedar Grove started accepting the first residential yard waste from the City of Seattle over 17 years ago. Since that time, the program has grown 20-fold in volume and participation, and has expanded into a full scale residential organics recycling program inclusive of yard and food wastes. Cedar Grove, along with cities and counties throughout the Puget Sound region, is continually pioneering new ways to maximize participation and facilitate new collection routes to serve the entire region. Residential food waste programs are available within the specific city limits as listed. For more information, please visit the links below.

We help cities around the region transform their organic waste into nutrient-rich compost. If you don’t have the option to recycle food or yard waste in your curbside carts, please contact your city or county solid waste office and voice your opinion.

King County
Snohomish County
City of Seattle—Seattle Public Utilities

Yes, these items can go in your cart:

  • Tree trimmings
  • Clean wood waste, unpainted and unpreserved lumber and woodwaste, particle board, plywood, and pallets
  • Leaves
  • Grass Clippings
  • Garden Residue
  • Landscape Debris, including tree trunks, stumps, limbs and shrubs
  • Food scraps, including dairy, meat, and bones
  • Paper Towels and Napkins
  • Coffee filters
  • Cardboard
  • Other organic materials


No, do not dispose of these in your cart:

  • Plastic bags or bottles
  • Fruit stickers
  • Wax or plastic lined paper cups
  • Cork
  • Glossy paper materials
  • Biosolids, biosolid derived products, animal manure, or sewage
  • Rocks
  • Gypsum waste
  • Treated wood
  • Pet waste
  • Vactor wastes

We happily accept the following organic materials at our facilities in SeattleEverett, Maple Valley and Woodinville.

Compostable Tipping Fees



Commercial Food Waste$75.00/ton +$5.70 Regulatory Sort Fee per ton

Residential Co-mingled Yard Waste/Food Scraps

$68.00/ton + $5.70 Regulatory Sort Fee per ton

Yard Waste/Land-clearing


Sod (no dirt)


Clean Wood


Residential Yard Waste (not compacted)

$22.00/yard ($17.00/yard at Maple Valley location)

Fill Dirt


Chipped Wood (trees & branches; not urban wood)



Please note: 

All inbound loads charged by weight will be assessed an “Energy Recovery Fee” based on a set fuel cost index.  This fee will be a certain percentage of the total cost of each load and will fluctuate monthly as fuel prices fluctuate.  Example:  October 2015 = 5.6%

Cedar Grove reserves the right to reject any load that appears to have contamination in excess of acceptable levels to meet the standards established by WAC 173-350.

If you are planning on dropping off organic waste at one of our facilities, please use these guidelines to estimate the amount of materials your truck can haul:

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