Thompson Sanitary stopped by the Newport City Council Monday night to get caught up with the council’s thoughts on initiating curbside compost material pickups – namely food waste and wood waste that could be going into the big new 90 gallon barrel. Ken Thompson has been talking with the city council for some time about the push to compost more and fill Coffin Butte Landfill less. But it comes with an additional $6.59 a month increase in trash pick up. Thompson said a long term vision of trash pickup requires composting because Coffin Butte has a limited lifespan – creating a new landfill will be very expensive.
Thompson said he realizes that a number of people already recycle and compost in their back yards and so understandably don’t want to participate nor pay the extra $6.59. However, Thompson added, for a composting system to work requires that just about everyone participates. He also said that if those already composting get creative, they might be able to reduce their can sizes and get a price break in the process. For others they might need their cans picked up just once a month, which can also produce savings
Thompson said his company is not trying to do something adventurous – but rather just fall in line with other trash pickup/composting programs already going on nationwide. He said the programs have been working extremely well for many years. He said it is the short and long term right thing to do. He said he and his company would like to launch the program next spring in the Newport area.
The city council has been studying the recycling situation with Thompson Sanitary for a number of months and realizes Mr. Thompson would like to get going on it. However they asked Thompson to communicate more with his customers and see if they can’t create more support for the idea, using newsletters in their bills, loading up their website with more information or conducting surveys or other methods of getting feedback so the program can meet the needs and desires of residents.
The council suggested that they bring more information to them between now and April at which time the council will be considering a rate adjustment to Thompson’s franchise agreement with the city.