Portland, Oregon Starts Curbside Food Composting
What a month October was for the City of Portland, Oregon. On October 15th the city banned the plastic grocery bag which was 3 years in the making. Then on Halloween after a successful test run Portland begins picking up food waste once a week and pushing back household trash pickup to every other week. It is estimated that food waste accounts for over 30,000 tons of garbage in Portland every year. Taking food waste out of the landfill and making it into fresh organic material for gardens and landscaping is great for the environment and reduces carbon dioxide emissions from landfills. We have had a backyard composting bin for over 5 years but now with the curbside pickup we will be able to compost meat bones, food scraps and even pizza boxes. So to all my friends in Portland, please start scarping that leftover food into your green compost bins. Every little bit helps and if your not in Portland please start your own compost bin. Encouraging your local city and state representatives to start curbside composting in your hometown is the next great thing and yes it creates jobs. Do you compost food scraps?