Will separating food waste cause odor or pests?

Separating your food waste should not cause odor or attract pests any more than putting food scraps in your trash. The same materials are being collected, just in a different container.  

Below are some tips to help prevent unwanted odor or pests: 

  • Drain excess liquids from food scraps before putting them in the collection container. 

  • Line the bottom of the collection container with napkins or plant trimmings to absorb excess moisture. 

  • Delay adding dairy products to the container until collection day, freeze or refrigerate until pick up day. 

  • Wash the container regularly with soap and water. 

  • Sprinkle baking soda in the container. 

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1. What laws require food waste recycling?
2. What is food waste?
3. What is organic waste?
4. How do I separate my food waste?
5. Can I place my food waste directly in my yard waste container without bagging it?
6. Why do we need to bag food waste?
7. Do the bags have to be made of plastic?
8. What happens to the bag of food waste after it's collected?
9. Can I add compostable materials, like compostable plates, cups, utensils and napkins, to my yard waste bin?
10. Will separating food waste cause odor or pests?
11. Do I have to participate if I already have a backyard compost bin at home?
12. How does this program prevent methane emissions?
13. Can I put my new kitchen pail on the curb?
14. What happens if I don’t participate in the program?