Pocatello Starting New Curbside Compost Recycling Program

Reported by: Phil Campbell
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Updated: 2/26/2013 6:55 pm
 

When it comes to the environment, it’s hard to argue with the recent track record of the city of Pocatello. The city’s Sanitation Department was one of the first in the state to introduce curbside recycling, which is now widely used by most of its residents.

Their innovation continues and in a little more than a month from now, a new green and brown garbage cart could join the blue and green carts that you already have.

With a price tag that might actually be out of reach, the thought of replacing our landfill is at the very least a scary proposition. After successfully diverting a significant amount of recyclable waste by implementing a city wide recycling program, the Pocatello Sanitation Department has set their sights on a new target.

“One of the things it will help is the landfill space because about 30-40 percent of our waste is actually garden and lawn waste and so it will keep it out of the landfill,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator for the City of Pocatello. “People think that when they put their grass into the garbage that it will break down their garbage but unless it has the air that’s necessary and the nutrients, it won’t breakdown.”

Each participant will receive a composting autocart, which will have a green body with a brown lid and they’ll be picked up every Wednesday. The compost will then be taken to the County Landfill where it will be available for purchase.

“What we are really looking for is the demand as the cost effectiveness, if it’s really worth it,” said Brady. “We were able to get a grant through the DEQ and so we thought we would try this and see if it will work. There is a three acre compost site up at the landfill and so we are hoping that we can help them out at the landfill. They can get the compost sold up there and then we can collect more yard waste.”

The program is completely voluntary, but will cost participants $5 per month (for a total of $40). Charges will be assessed to existing City utility accounts. Renters who would like to participate will need to establish a utility account with the City.

Only grass clippings, leaves and garden trimmings will be allowed in the autocarts. You can find out more information about this program by calling Debbie Brady at 234-6192.

http://composthappens.pocatello.us/

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