What are little crows made of?

I was talking on the phone to the disembodied voice who works for the garbage pickup service.

“hi, look; I have this dead crow — actually, two — out on the street and it’s really gross…”

Dead silence.

“… can I yard waste them?”

The voice took on a faintly pitying tone.

“Ma’am, crows aren’t yard waste. They aren’t recyclable, you know.”

I got annoyed.

“Look, it’s in your pamphlet, under Yard Waste. It says “meat and fish scraps (including bones)”, so why can’t I yard waste them?”

She put me on hold, went and checked, and came back and told me to double bag them and throw them in with the regular garbage. I wanted to argue and tell her that one was showing bones already, but I gave in and hung up.

But WHY can’t I yard waste my crows?

7 Comments so far

  1. dw (unregistered) on August 3rd, 2006 @ 10:48 pm

    Because you’re supposed to call Public Health Seattle-King County and report them. They may have West Nile, since that kills crows disproportionately.


  2. sisco (unregistered) on August 4th, 2006 @ 10:16 am

    That’s weird they allow mean and fish, since that attracts rats and other meat loving creatures to the compost.


  3. cindy (unregistered) on August 4th, 2006 @ 10:32 am

    They dont allow meat and fish in yard waste-
    http://tinyurl.com/mvj7e I didnt see anything about including bones, so perhaps you were looking at something outdated?


  4. Sarah (unregistered) on August 4th, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

    You can donate dead birds to the Burke Museum on the UW campus. They become part of their Ornithology Collection. But I think it would depend on how badly flattened they are.


  5. skye (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 7:52 am

    I think now is a good time to remind people I live in Bellevue. Here’s the list I go by.

    http://rabanco.com/collection/bellevue/residential/preparing_debris.aspx


  6. cindy (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

    Sorry! I had no idea you could compost meat. In the section on composting on that site, they say don’t put meat, fish or dairy into your compost (if composting at home). I wonder if the city compost separates it out or has a way of keeping rats etc out.


  7. skye (unregistered) on August 5th, 2006 @ 8:00 pm

    I don’t know if the city separates it out or somehow guards against rats, but I’m starting to get curious about why Seattle and Bellevue have different rules. I may eventually get curious enough to call the disembodied voice back and ask…



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