The long debated issue of putting compostable organic materials on the street, in their own separate waste cart, is coming to a head next Monday night before the Newport City Council. The council has been grappling with a directive on one hand that says diverting food and wood waste from the landfill will save lots of money in the long run, versus those who already compost their own and want no part of paying $6.59 more a month for compostable pickups.
Under a plan being considered next Monday night at Newport City Hall, Thompson Sanitary Services will be issuing carts later this summer specifically aimed at food and woody debris waste, which they say, will take some of the load off their regular garbage cans which can then be downsized. The cost of the compostable pickups is $6.59 a month.
However, for those who compost their own, they can decline the compostables cart and be issued a smaller regular garbage can which, Thompson reasons, doesn’t need to be so big because food and yard debris in not finding their way into the garbage can. Customers under this heading would also enjoy a $1.20 per month reduction in their garbage pick-up bill. Recyclables aren’t involved in the process. The recycling receptacle/can stays the same.
Thompson’s officials told the city council Tuesday that once the new service gets going, they will closely monitor how everybody is doing with the new compostables program and whether slight modifications might be in order. They said they don’t expect more than 5% of total customers to decline participating in the compostable program.
The Newport City Council meeting begins at 6pm, next Monday night at Newport City Hall.