The Newport City Council Monday night enacted a compostables pick-up addition to weekly trash pick ups, city-wide, effective July 1st. But it’s not likely to start until early August. That’s because machinery necessary to do the job won’t be available until then.
However Thompson Sanitary says the smaller roller carts for regular trash will be available by the July 1st deadline. That’s for those households who don’t want to participate in the compostable program. They will be given 24 gallon roll carts for all their garbage. Others who have a lot more trash than that will have to choose a bigger container, which comes with a higher monthly bill. Check pick-up rates because those who don’t produce a lot of trash could actually see a reduction in their pick-up bills. Others could see a rate increase by as much as $6.59 a month but even that can be reduced by switching to a smaller roll cart for their regular trash since some of their refuse will be going into the compostables cart.
The whole point in all this is to get people to look at their family trash in a whole new way. And that is, the organic material in your trash has tremendous value in becoming compost, and in turn a valuable soil amendment for gardens that grow food and more.
Newport city councilors asked that Thompson do a good job of notifying their customers of the upcoming changes (they said they would) and that the new trash arrangement will be part of a city information outreach campaign launched through city water bills. Thompson told the council they’ll be offering compost specials in the near future, including free compost from the big composting operation in the valley. Watch for that in your trash bill and get the latest information on all this on line at www.ThompsonSanitary.com.