Tacoma Begins Food Waste Recycling Service (with video)

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

April 4, 2012

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Tacoma Begins Food Waste Recycling Service (with video)

Tacoma, Wash., has launched a food waste recycling program.

The city said in a news release it has begun the service to Tacoma’s 54,000 single-family homes by providing little brown kitchen buckets for collecting food scraps. Residents can collect the scraps in the bucket and then empty them in a larger brown yard waste container to set out at the curb for pickup. There is no additional charge to residents.

Food waste makes up one-third (approximately 14,000 tons) of the annual waste generated by the city’s single-family households, according to a Tacoma Solid Waste Management department audit.

 “Our new food waste recycling service offers customers the ability to reduce their garbage and allows us to recycle material that would otherwise go into the landfill,” said Jetta Antonakos, food waste recycling program manager for the department.

Food waste accepted includes fruit and vegetables; leftovers/kitchen scraps; breads, grains, pasta, cereal; meat, poultry, seafood (including bones); and dairy and eggs (including shells).

About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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