Yard and Food Waste Program Update

June 2017

The pilot program turned out so successful that King County has made it permanent! Well done Vashon!

Tipping fee is $12 for the first 320#. Consider getting together with neighbors and consolidating your food waste on a weekly basis if you don’t have a home composting system. This is a great option for apartment and condos. Currently food waste collection is also happening once a week at the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches and in the Gold Beach neighborhood.

Feb 2016

The pilot program at Vashon Recycling and Transfer Station (VRTS) is really taking off!  In the project’s first three months, our island community has diverted over 100 tons of compostable material from the landfill!

Of all the solid waste taken to VRTS by residents and businesses last year, 30% was separated compostable and recyclable materials.

Thanks to Vashon’s recycling efforts, the amount diverted from the landfill nearly doubled in the last two yearsIn 2013, 760 tons of recyclables were dropped off at VRTS. In 2014, that amount rose to 1,098 tons, and in 2015, 1,456 tons of separated recyclable and compostable materials were dropped off.

If you have not yet brought food scraps and yard waste to the transfer station, give it a try. Not only will you be acting to reduce your personal carbon footprint, you will be furthering the reuse of valuable materials instead of consigning them to a landfill.  Big thanks to all the participants in this partnership between ZWV and King County Solid Waste Division (KCSWD).

Of the compostable materials delivered to the collection site, yard waste outweighs food waste by far. While people are happy to participate if it’s convenient, we understand how hauling small lots of food waste to VRTS may feel inconvenient and pricey. ZWV has been partnering with multiple island churches to collect weekly batches of food waste from island households. We are researching creative ways to gather and transport this resource. If you’ve got a good idea about centralized collection, please let us know.

This spring, KCSWD will do a waste characterization study at VRTS. This study will contribute to our overall understanding of the feedstock potentially available for future reuse and help us to determine best technologies. Stay tuned…