Thompson Sanitary, which picks up trash, garbage and some recyclables is asking its customers how they feel about adding a composting bin to their service. Such compostables are usually food waste, lawn clippings and cuttings and other organics.
The compostables pickup involves a different cart which would add a few dollars more to monthly charges but could end up being less than current charges depending on the size of the regular trash cart currently used. The regular cart could be downsized because food waste would no longer go into it – it would go into the compostable cart.
The whole idea of compostables is to reduce the amount of waste that is taken to the Coffin Butte Landfill near Corvallis. Unless compostables are separated out to make saleable compost, the landfill will fill up much sooner and add substantially to everyone’s monthly trash bill.
Thompson Sanitary has included a survey in their current monthly bill as to customer attitude toward this new service – compostables in its own separate cart. The survey can also be taken on line and would more than likely be faster than resorting to regular mail. You can take the Thompson Sanitary survey by clicking here.
The Newport City Council has indicated that it will decide early next year whether to authorize Thompson Sanitary’s composting option.