Friday, August 8, 2008

Press Release: Free food scrap recycling bags available at Federal Way Farmer’s Market

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August 8, 2008

Jeanette Brizendine
Recycling Project Manager

Linda Farmer, APR
Communications & Government Affairs Manager
253.835.2411 or 253.261.1211

Free food scrap recycling bags available at Federal Way Farmer’s Market

Good veggies gone bad? Don’t trash them, put them to good use. The City of Federal Way now accepts food scraps in residential yard waste containers. Food scraps can also be composted at home. Either way, these food scraps break down into compost which is great for plants. To help you get perfectly good food scraps out of the garbage stream, the City of Federal Way is giving away free food scrap bags at the Federal Way Farmer’s Market.

The City is giving away sample packs of biodegradable bags that are made from corn. You can use the bags on their own or as liners in a food scrap container of your choice. The bags make for easy clean up and then they biodegrade unlike regular plastic bags.

Why recycle food scraps? Taking all the recyclables—including food scraps—out of your garbage means you can get a smaller garbage can and pay less. And who can’t use a few extra bucks these days?

The BioBags will be available at the Master Recycler/Composter booth at the Farmer’s Market at the Commons Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Aug. 23 and Sept. 13 as supplies last. Residents only, one pack per household. Can’t make it to the market? Pick up your sample pack in the second-floor lobby of City Hall, 33325 8th Ave S., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. You can also find BioBags and other brands of biodegradable bags at your local grocery store.

You can actually recycle or compost more than just food scraps:
  • Spoiled fruits and vegetables and trimmings
  • Coffee grounds and filters
  • Bread, pasta, grains
  • Eggshells and nut shells
  • Cheese, meat, fish, poultry and bones
  • Paper towels and napkins
  • Greasy pizza delivery boxes and uncoated paper plates
  • Shredded paper
Use only approved compostable bags—no plastic, EPI or “oxo-degradable” bags; those don’t break down in the composting process. See for an updated list of approved bags and retail locations. For more on recycling, visit or call 253.835.2771.
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