Compost is another way the earth naturally breaks down food/matter and incorporates its nutrients into the soil to make it rich, ready to add to the garden or lawn.  Having the right balance of greens and browns is essential.

Don’t have the time to manage a compost or a worm bin?  We have a few suggestions for you!   1.  Visit Waste Management for more details on Food Waste Collection Service.  (

2.  Ask your neighbor if you both can collectively do this together and share the costs for compost collections.

3.  Check into community compost location.

Here’s some more suggestions:

It’s best if you have a designated compost bin with a lid near or  in the kitchen to collect food waste.

To avoid smells, simply take it out side to a 5 gallon bucket or similar with a lid and dump it there.  Keep shredded newspaper as a top layer to help reduce smells and flies, too!

In 2 weeks it will probably be full, ready to haul away.  If you need a pick-up sooner, please call.  –maybe this time you had guests over!

If you’re going to donate your scraps, may we suggest a $5 donation for a 5 gallon bucket.

Compost Poster available by Lenz Enterprise: Click here. 23915 Lenz Compostable Poster


(Bio-cooking oil can be disposed of in a separate container and recycled at the Camano Transfer Station)  The grease from animal fat is very thick, and tends to clog the hoses during processing.  ONLY SMALL AMOUNTS WOULD BE ALLOWED (1 Tablespoon/gallon would be acceptable).

Please don’t let the food sit in a large container without being picked up for more than 2 weeks.  To validate the contents at a glance upon dumping for processing, it would help if things were not in the midst of decomposing.

Here is a short video on composting…the basics.  Note that if you are doing your own compost, you try to avoid meats.  However since this is going to be collected and processed at a commercial compost facility, you may toss in your meats.  It may be more robust–but it will be gone, soon!

To keep smells down, a good tip is to use soiled napkins/paper plates to barrier/layer between meat (cooked or raw). –or shredded newspaper.    Newspaper ink isn’t toxic….so best for soils and organic matter and insects.

Questions?  Please contact us! 


Happy Composting!



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