July 10 - Every-Other-Week Trash Pickup Produces Drastic Results for Portland
Submitted by Recycling News on July 10, 2012 - 12:39.
According to the Wall Street Journal, cities across America are looking to Portland for solutions to their waste management issues. In late November of last year Portland began mandatory biweekly trash pickup combined, with weekly collection of food and yard trimmings.
So far, recycling officials in Oregon have seen fantastic results. As landfills are reaching their brim and food waste grows more rampant cities are looking for ways to cut their cost as well as their carbon footprint.
In the first quarter of 2012, Portland sent 10,000 fewer tons of garbage to the landfill compared to the same period last year, a 44% drop. Cities including San Antonio, Santa Fe, NM and Marin County in California have all shown interest in every-other-week garbag pickup.
The city also started a phone line for folks confused about compostabillity or how to manage food odor. Food waste and yard trimmings collected by the weekly organics pickup benefits local farms.
But residents didn’t adapt to the new program right away. Initially, people were not adjusted to sorting their trash and most dealt with the two week accumulation by paying extra for larger unsorted waste bins. However, after half a year of the new pickup schedule, recycling and food waste sorting has gotten so efficient that Mike Perkins of Heiberg Garbage & Recycling notes many of those supersized garbage bins were returned in exchange for more compact ones.
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