The Seattle Public Utilities include yard waste collection: grass, plants, plant and tree trimmings, etc. This is important because putting organic matter into garbage bins sends them to landfills where they exhale methane gass and potentially contaminate groundwater.

Starting May 2005, the city has begun circulating new 96-gallon yard containers that can also be used for composting vegetable food scraps and food-soiled paper. This is an easy way to compost if you don't have a yard or don't want to do your own composting -- although of course you don't get to keep the compost generated.

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