The city on Halloween kicked off a new weekly curbside collection program. Residents can now use their green receptacle for discarded food items instead of the trash, according to the city’s website. Besides the typical yard debris, homeowners can add meat, bones, dairy, grains, cooked foods, and pizza delivery boxes to their green bins. The materials will be taken to a yard to be composted. Landscapers and farmers then buy the compost for their gardens and crops.
“Food scraps account for almost 30,000 tons of garbage in Portland every year,” according to the city’s website. “Composting food scraps reduces waste and creates nutrient-rich fertilizer.”
The city is aiming to reach its goal of a 75 percent recycling rate.
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