What do you do when good food goes bad? Take the King county survey

Friday, February 24, 2023

What do you do when good food goes bad? 

Or when those dinner scraps aren’t suitable for the stock pot? While many in King County can throw their scraps in the compost bins, many do not use or have access to curbside compost pickup. It is currently estimated that more than 20% of what goes to King County’s landfill is food waste, creating potent greenhouse gas emissions when it decomposes.

To help get more food waste out of the garbage, King County Solid Waste Division is hosting an online survey that starts today and ends April 30. The survey will help the county better understand how residents in different parts of the county manage their garbage and food waste and help inform future policies to reduce food waste going to the landfill, protect the environment, and meet the needs of our communities.

Businesses and households in King County in 2019 threw out enough edible food to feed everyone in Kirkland – about 92,000 people – for an entire year. 

Food production requires large amounts of resources, particularly water and energy, while creating significant greenhouse gas emissions. If food is not eaten and ends up at the landfill, its decay can create methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

The survey work is part of Re+, King County’s new initiative to reinvent the region’s waste system to significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions and transition to a sustainable economy. Some of the best opportunities for improvement are in food waste.

Take the survey


Anonymous,  February 24, 2023 at 6:51 PM  

DH you punked us! Shoreline's not a choice for the survey - I guess it's because we are already not throwing out good food and if we do it goes to our worm bins...

DKH February 25, 2023 at 2:16 AM  

I like to think we're pretty good here - but Shoreline is on the list. It's in the second column. They alphabetized the list oddly, going sideways instead of straight down the first column and then the second. They went back and forth.

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