What are some suggestions for collecting and storing food scraps?

Collecting food scraps in a reusable container in the kitchen is an easy way to save leftovers for your green cart. Coffee cans, plastic food storage containers or compost kitchen pails can be used. If you choose to collect food scraps using paper products, you can place them directly in your cart! For example:

  • Place food scraps in a plain paper bag to prevent scraps from sticking.
  • Collect food scraps in a cereal box or tissue box. Be sure to remove any plastic lining.
  • Wrap food scraps in a paper towel or old newspaper.

To reduce odors in your kitchen, residents in some communities freeze food scraps like meat, poultry and fish in a reusable container until it’s time to take scraps to your cart.

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1. Where will the composting roll-cart contents go?
2. What about apartments and condos?
3. What will it cost?
4. What is allowed in the composting roll-cart?
5. What cannot go into my composting cart?
6. What about “compostable” plastics like cups, plates and utensils?
7. Can I use compostable liners for my kitchen pail?
8. Can I use a plastic bag to line my kitchen pail?
9. Where can I store my kitchen food scraps?
10. Am I required to participate?
11. How often will materials be collected?
12. How can I control odors in my cart?
13. My cart isn’t full – should I still set it out at the curb?
14. What are some suggestions for collecting and storing food scraps?
15. Won’t food waste collection make a mess and attract pests?
16. What if I already compost in my backyard?
17. How much yard debris and food scraps are generated in Beaverton?