With Thompson Sanitary coming off a very successful launch of adding compostables to their weekly trash pick-up in Newport, the Lincoln County Commission may authorize Thompson to expand that service to the unincorporated areas around Newport, within Thompson’s franchise area.
Thompson representatives told the commissioners that the Newport launch was very impressive, hauling away over a half-million pounds of compostables from last July through December. It exceeded their target quantity even though more customers than expected declined to participate. They say some of those non-participants are now asking to be included based on what they’re learning from their neighbors.
Thompson officials reminded the commission that what can be recycled should be recycled, including food, wood and garden waste. They say the goal is to divert such refuse away from Coffin Butte Landfill near Corvallis so it doesn’t fill up so fast and trigger a big expensive project to build another one – and they’re not cheap. They also reminded the commissioners that Thompson Sanitary customers are also able to purchase that locally produced compost for their yards and gardens.
What’s more, some Thompson Sanitary customers are adjusting their compostable disposal in ways that keeps their trash bill about the same. Some even save money over what they were paying without it.
The commissioners set a public meeting on the idea for Wednesday, March 4th, 6pm at the Lincoln County County Commission Chambers. Enter through the rear entrance to the courthouse.
For more information on the issue, go to ThompsonSanitary.com, or just click here.