Residential Composting Coming this Fall
Your yard debris cart is getting a new name. Beginning in October, it
will become a Composting Cart and you can “Include the Food” (fruits,
vegetables, bread, dairy, meat, bones) with your yard debris. There is
no need to make any changes to your service subscription; just start
including the food in October. Please do not add food before October.
Beaverton residents send nearly 2,500 tons of food scraps to a landfill
each year. Composting all of that food waste would be like taking 293
cars off the road for a full year. That is great, but reducing the amount of
wasted food is six times more impactful than composting it. By planning
your meals, eating leftovers and using our freezers we can save money
and reduce the amount of wasted food. Take the pledge to reduce your
wasted food, visit www.EatSmartWasteLess.com to learn more.
Eat it. Share it. Compost what’s left.
Plastic bags are one of the most frequent contaminants in our yard
debris carts. As we prepare to “Include the Food” in our composting
carts, please remember that plastic bags should never be used in your
yard debris/composting cart. The plastic does not break down, and
ends up as tiny plastic bits – and no one wants to put compost with
plastic in their garden.
If you do have extra yard debris, please use a paper yard debris bag,
which are available at most hardware stores. Please note, there is a fee
of $3.63 for each bag of extra yard debris set out with your cart.