Portland Picks Up Organics More Often Than Trash
June 28, 2012
Portland, Oregon, always a leader in progressive environmental endeavors, has made mainstream news this week with its ban on weekly garbage pickups! In conjunction with this bold move, the city also began collecting organic waste – including food scraps – every week. Portland became the first city in the United States to offer curbside collection of organic materials more often than unsorted trash, and the new policy paid off. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the city reduced its amount of landfill waste by 44% this spring, or 1,800 fewer garbage truckloads per quarter. The following day the New York Times profiled the zero waste paths of Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco.
Congratulations to Portland! We can’t wait to see other cities adopt similar programs after this tremendous success story. For more information, check out the City of Portland website.