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Newport City Council approves adding compostables to weekly/monthly trash pick ups by Thompson Sanitary

Food and yard waste taken to the street in their own cart.

Food and yard waste taken to the street in their own cart.

Monthly trash bills in Newport and immediate surrounding areas are going up $6.59 a month starting this summer sometime to funnel food and yard waste to a large composting operation in Corvallis. By diverting compostables from the Coffin Butte Landfill, it’s believed the lifespan of the landfill can be extended, thereby reducing costs for our grandchildren. City Councilor Mark Saelens, who is the county’s solid waste management official, said composting is part of a more smartly integrated attitude toward natural resource conservation worldwide.

Starting this summer, Thompson Sanitary will offer a separate compostables cart that should be filled with food and yard waste thereby allowing customers to get by with a smaller “general” trash can. Those who decline to participate in the compostables program, because they’re already processing their food and yard waste, they will be able to keep getting by with a smaller trash cart. They won’t be charged the extra $6.59. But because those who do participate in the compostables program can get by with a smaller “general” trash cart, their ‘net’ rate increase will be less.

In return for the council approval of the program, Thompson has agreed to freeze pick up rates for the next year and to provide progress reports to the city council. Also there will be surveys issued to Thompson customers asking basically “how’s it going?” with the program so if there is tweaking needed to the program, it can be accomplished during the first year of the service.

Thompson Sanitary co-owner Rob Thompson says compostable programs have gone nationwide and certainly are in full swing in the Portland and Willamette Valley areas and that he expects that Newport will fall in line accordingly.

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