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Newport: Big public meeting coming up on compostables pick-up Monday March 17

Newport City Hall 101 @ Angle

Newport City Hall
101 @ Angle

THE CITY OF NEWPORT WILL HOLD A PUBLIC COMMENT SESSION ON THE MODIFIED CURBSIDE COMPOSTABLES COLLECTION SERVICE TO BE PROVIDED BY THOMPSON’S SANITARY SERVICE

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The Newport Cit Council will hold a public comment session to hear from citizens their thoughts about the modified curbside compostable collection service that would be provided by Thompson’s Sanitary Service later this summer. The forum will be held on Monday, March 17th at 6:00 P.M., in the City Council Chambers at the Newport City Hall, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport.

Since this service was first discussed by the City Council in April of 2013, there has been a significant amount of time spent to develop a program that would meet the Council’s goal of reducing the volume of waste going into the Coffin Butte landfill and meeting the City Municipal Code provisions to recover resource materials from the waste stream where possible.

As a result the City Council and City Administration, working with Thompson’s Sanitary Service, has held two work sessions to consider modifications to the program to address concerns expressed by the public during previous public comment periods. The most common concern was expressed by curbside customers who had very low volumes of household garbage generated on a weekly basis (senior citizens, single people and others who generated a limited amount of refuse). The program, as modified, will provide those customers who choose to use a 24 gallon household garbage cart if they don’t want to participate in the composting program. These customers would see a reduction in current costs to $19.15 per month. All other customers will be required to participate in the compostable collection program to both meet the goals of diverting curbside compostable waste from the landfill and create a model for financial sustainability of this service.

Regular compostables include: Food, fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, seafood, bones, grains, beans, pasta, bread, cheese, eggshells. Also, food-soiled paper including napkins, paper towels and plates, tea bags, coffee ground/filters, wooden crates and sawdust. Plants include flower and tree trimmings, leaves, grass, brush and weeks.

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A second change proposed for this program is to allow an option regarding the size of compostable carts for Thompson’s Sanitary Service customers. Customers now can choose a smaller 65 gallons roll cart instead of the standard 96 gallon roll cart based on the modified plan. This is being done to accommodate those who have limited storage area for it.

Finally, the rates for residential service will be increased by $6.59 per month upon the start of this program later this summer, except for those who decide to use a 24 gallon trash (non-recycle/non-compostable) cart and not participate in the curbside compostables program.

Thompson’s Sanitary Service will freeze rates for the fiscal year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

If approved by the City Council the Curbside Compostables Collection program will be launched during late summer of 2014 for curbside collection of household garbage and recyclables. The monthly cost for comprehensive household waste services for residents of the City of Newport are proposed to be as follows with initiation of the service:

Curbside Pickup: Waste, Recycling and Compostable
24 gallon weekly roll cart $25.74
35 gallon weekly roll cart $26.94
35 gallon monthly roll cart $23.24
65 gallon weekly roll cart $46.84
65 gallon monthly roll cart $38.84

Curbside Pickup: Waste Disposal and Recycling (no compostables)
24 gallon weekly roll cart $19.15

The public is invited to provide comments on the proposed Modified Curbside Compostables Collection Service at 6:00 P.M. on Monday, March 17th, in the City Council Chambers. Written comments can be e-mailed to p.hawker@newportoregon.gov. and by mail or in person to City of Newport, 169 SW Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon, 97365.

After considering any final comments on this program, the city Council will either authorize the compostables program, modify the compostables program or not go forward with a compostables program at this time.

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