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Portland Puts New Twist on Trash Pickup [Cuts Collection To Every 2 Weeks, Stresses Composting]
Wall Street Journal ^

Posted on 06/27/2012 2:43:30 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Portland Puts New Twist on Trash Pickup City Creates Buzz as It Cuts Collection To Every 2 Weeks, Stresses Composting By JOEL MILLMAN

PORTLAND, Ore.—The largest city in the state that four decades ago pioneered five-cent deposits on beverage containers is advocating a new approach to garbage collection that has some U.S. communities taking notice.

In a first for any large American municipality, Portland last fall abolished weekly trash pickups, switching to once every two weeks. At the same time, it increased collection of "green" waste—lawn cuttings and other backyard debris mixed in with compostable food scraps—to once a week.

By picking up unsorted trash less often, Portland wants to divert waste from landfills and churn this leafy city's considerable volume of vegetation into compost.

In the first quarter of 2012, Portland collected just under 13,000 tons of residential garbage, down from 23,000 tons during the year-earlier period. Counted in garbage truckloads, that's 1,800 fewer per quarter, or 25 fewer truckloads daily.

Volume to the landfill is down 44%. "It's just a remarkable decrease," says Bruce Walker, solid waste manager for Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Compost collection is nearly three times what the city expected, he adds.

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1 posted on 06/27/2012 2:43:36 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Our county will not even pick up recycle stuff. All cans, glass, plastic and paper just get thrown away. You can, if you want to drive all the way to the land fill and put it in the recycle there, do it. But, they will not pick it up or give us drop off sites within the county.


2 posted on 06/27/2012 2:47:00 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (You can almost hear the footsteps of Jesus. He is right at the door!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I lived in Germany for sixteen years. They basically do the same thing. The chief problem was that if you had a vacation planned....you really had to have a cooperative neighbor who would tote your “right” trash bin out to be picked up. You had to track this week by week, and not screw up. The worst pain was if you guessed wrong....you had two weeks before the next paper pick-up occurred, or three weeks before the compost pick-up occurred.

I can admit that on one occasion after missing the paper-pick-up....I ended up driving around in another town the next day where they had their paper being picked up....and trying to find five or six different bins with still enough room to dump what I had into a totally different bin. This is not what you really want to think about or do...when just coming back from a vacation.


3 posted on 06/27/2012 2:50:30 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: Sub-Driver

Stories like this make me so glad I can choose from a half dozen different companies and numerous different deals from those companies. I don’t make much trash so I choose biweekly pickup at a lower price.

There’s another company in the area that gives me a trash can and I just put it out when I want the trash picked up and I only pay for the times they pick up.


4 posted on 06/27/2012 2:51:06 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Just another example of the Left Coast...I know, I live there. Run and destroyed by radical liberals.


5 posted on 06/27/2012 2:51:25 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: Sub-Driver

The green-thugs who run my town have told us that starting this fall we can only put out 3 bags of trash a-week & must put out a recycling bin with the trash or we get NO trash pick-up at all along with a $10 fine.


6 posted on 06/27/2012 2:51:45 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: Sub-Driver

Stinklandia


7 posted on 06/27/2012 2:51:55 PM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: Sub-Driver
The largest city in the state that four decades ago pioneered five-cent deposits on beverage containers

As someone who lived out in the country when growing up and seeing pop bottles all over the side of the road I have no problem with this. Wish my state did it. I always had to take a bag out and collect the bottles before cutting the grass along side the field. People are slobs.

I was in Michigan recently at a friends house and was going to throw away the bottle in the trash and she said no hold on I take those back to the store for a refund..no big deal.

8 posted on 06/27/2012 2:53:18 PM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: pepsionice
When I lived in Germany, they came every week, but you had the Gelbe Sacke. All our German neighbors would use a third two a half of the sack. We always had nearly two full sacks. It was hilarious. It humored us.

Everything we did was excessive according to the Germans. Our about 20 inch TV was too large, having a dryer was not necessary. why do you need a microwave..Weird mentality.

9 posted on 06/27/2012 2:54:47 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: trailhkr1

When I was a kid we would go out collecting bottles and turn them in for the deposit. Great way to get ice cream money.


10 posted on 06/27/2012 2:55:55 PM PDT by slumber1 (Don't taze me bro!)
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To: trailhkr1

I don’t mind the bottle returns. I usually end up giving the bottles to local youngsters for helping me out with things.


11 posted on 06/27/2012 2:56:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Sub-Driver

I live in the Portlandia burbs and thankfully, our trash pick up remains on a normal schedule (at least for now). The Portlanders that I’ve talked to are not happy with the current compost/trash pick up. The trash bins are small and they fill up quickly. Portland is having a problem with people putting trash (namely used diapers) into the recycling because they don’t have room in the trash can.


12 posted on 06/27/2012 3:04:37 PM PDT by Trick or Treat (Need new tagline.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Those are the kind of numbers that excite municipal waste watchers.

Cue Limbaugh [in little boy's voice,] "Daddy, when I grow up, I want to be a municipal waste watcher."

Heh.

13 posted on 06/27/2012 3:04:59 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: trailhkr1
As someone who lived out in the country when growing up and seeing pop bottles all over the side of the road

I live out in the country (in Virginia) and we have no bottle deposit law. There are some pop bottles, but the bigger problem is glass beer bottles. That won't be fixed until laws against open containers are repealed.

14 posted on 06/27/2012 3:06:51 PM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: RetiredArmy

My old garbage company sold out to a company that recycles (Citrus Co, Fl) so now I am having a big blue bin & pickup once a week. I had quit recycling awhile ago as I had to pack everything in my car & cart it 6 miles to the nearest recyle bins. Sometimes I think its more a pain than worth the trouble.


15 posted on 06/27/2012 3:07:33 PM PDT by jrcats (Hope & Change= No Hope & only changes that tries to destroy America)
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To: slumber1

Around here, people set up roadside bottle and can targets on the roads leaving the speedway. Its just one more free market way of making a buck on race weekend. You don’t lug around a bunch of floor chimes and he makes a buck.

I saw one a couple of weeks ago where the guy had a target set up and was grilling hot dogs as prizes for bullseyes.


16 posted on 06/27/2012 3:07:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Rats.


17 posted on 06/27/2012 3:08:38 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Nobody died at Watergate. Who were Brian Terry and Jamie Zapata? (Post this on Facebook, everyone!))
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To: Sub-Driver

My commment at wsj: The insidious pathology that is the green disease needs to be walled off, and kept out of your communities. Leave it to Portland, SF, or Vermont.


18 posted on 06/27/2012 3:11:15 PM PDT by Hokestuk
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To: LongWayHome

One of the (relatively few) benefits of living in a mobile home park is there is no room for the recycling bins. So we get an exemption on that. If I lived elsewhere and anyone from the city put me under the edicts you are I would kill them.


19 posted on 06/27/2012 3:13:46 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature not nurture TM)
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To: palmer
I live out in the country (in Virginia) and we have no bottle deposit law. There are some pop bottles, but the bigger problem is glass beer bottles

Yeah, those too. Got my a** chewed out when I did not check for bottles first and ran over one and punctured the rear tractor tire (read farm tractor $$) and all the calcium leaked out...Dad was not happy.

I can never understand people..they would never throw their junk out on a nice residential street but have no problem throwing it out in the country..could never understand that.

20 posted on 06/27/2012 3:15:12 PM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: Sub-Driver

Wait just a minute. Since when is garbage collection of lawn clippings green? Just leave the clippings on the lawn and they will provide green fertilizer, geez.

Out here, there’s no recycling. There used to be a recycle place that would take anything from cans to ovens to cars to junk but it wasn’t profitable so it closed. We used to have a couple of can places but those closed, too. I think the closest can place is nearly two hours away so my cans go into the garbage can.


21 posted on 06/27/2012 3:17:15 PM PDT by bgill
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To: Sub-Driver

I remember back in the 60’s in southern CA, most homes had a concrete incinerater in the back yard for trash.


22 posted on 06/27/2012 3:20:10 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: steve86

I’ve never used my recycling-bin, and I suspect most of us in town have not, which is why the town is forcing us to now. I’ll throw in 3 or 4 items in the recycling-bin & still put the rest of my stuff in bags.


23 posted on 06/27/2012 3:20:10 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: Sub-Driver

“every week, residents put out a large container that contains their yard waste mixed with food scraps they collect during the week in a smaller, city-issued pail many store under the kitchen “
A family that can fill up a ‘large’ container every week with waste food is definitely on EBT... and liberal as all get-out. it would take me two months to get a gallon of waste food.

Obviously it’s advantageous to sort compostibles at the source but these proportions are insane, and unhealthy.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 3:29:46 PM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The counts of rats and racoons have increased dramatically.

Pray for America


25 posted on 06/27/2012 3:54:23 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: Sub-Driver

This was the tipping point that got us to move out of Portland. Trust me when I say that Portland is NOT a good place to live or visit.


26 posted on 06/27/2012 4:10:09 PM PDT by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Sub-Driver

. . . where young people go to retire.”


27 posted on 06/27/2012 4:18:33 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Sub-Driver
Alright

http://www.lake-link.com/images/forumphotos/burnbarrel.jpg

Wonder what that carbon footprint is?

28 posted on 06/27/2012 4:59:46 PM PDT by KC_Lion (I am finished with listening to empty promises of the great GOP saving me in 4 more years.)
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To: firebrand

yep, my sister’s friend lives there. She just visited last week and I asked her how the organic chickens are doing and if they had their names (episode from Portlania). To her all this is perfectly normal.

So I asked “So you like the government telling you what you can and cannot do with your garbage”?

“Well” she replied. “They have good intentions”.

I had another scotch........


29 posted on 06/27/2012 5:04:11 PM PDT by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: crazyhorse691

I was just there. Didn’t spend much time in Portland itself, but on our last night there, I decided to take my son out for a nice dinner at a well-reviewed southern restaurant (yes, southern food, including sweet tra) called Screen Door. The food was very good, but that memory will pretty much be forever tarnished by the two flamboyantly gay men sitting at the bar who couldn’t keep their hands off of each other, as well as a female member of the wait staff with full facial hair trying to fit in as a man. Disgusting.


30 posted on 06/27/2012 5:17:22 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Will they cut the trash pickup fee in half?


31 posted on 06/27/2012 5:33:50 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: RightFighter

Good restaurants in Portland. Evo, Le Pigeon, Tastee and Sons—and Little Bird which I haven’t tried yet. I will now add Screen Door.

I like the style. In NYC, to get that quality of cuisine, you would need to go to a white-tablecloth place and drop your whole paycheck. In Portland, you sit at a long communal table or at a counter with the chef right behind the counter making the food. Small plates at Evo, more conventional servings at Le Pigeon where Gabriel Rucker is talented with a capital T.

The sushi at Subaro’s is strange and complicated and wonderful, although it’s now probably glowing faintly when they turn the lights out.

I love Portland. It’s a city, yet it is so different from all things New York.


32 posted on 06/27/2012 8:19:26 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Sub-Driver

Usually the raccoons eat the chickens. That’s right in the city. Who knows what goes on past the city limits.


33 posted on 06/27/2012 8:23:01 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Sub-Driver; abcraghead; aimhigh; Archie Bunker on steroids; bicycle thug; blackie; coffeebreak; ...
If you aren't on this ping list and are interested
in articles about Oregon, please FReepmail me.

34 posted on 06/27/2012 8:31:01 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: firebrand

My son wants to play football for the Ducks, so I’ve told him that I’ll move out there if he gets a scholarship. We went to football camp at the U of O last week.


35 posted on 06/27/2012 10:18:17 PM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: RightFighter

Good luck to him. I don’t think you’ll be sorry if you move there. I’ve never spoken to anyone who wants to leave once they get there.


36 posted on 06/27/2012 11:50:14 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: Sub-Driver

Rats reign in Portland!


37 posted on 06/28/2012 2:33:15 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Common sense although common knowledge is seldom common practice.)
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To: jrcats

If I took recycle to the local county dump, it would be about a 40 mile round trip. We used to recycle when we lived in WA state. But here they apparently don’t care. They have a large section of land to use as a dump and are just happy with doing that I guess.


38 posted on 06/28/2012 3:47:47 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (You can almost hear the footsteps of Jesus. He is right at the door!)
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To: firebrand

Southern Oregon is a great place to live. A FReeper might be more at home on the Springfield side of town - as compared to Medford.


39 posted on 06/28/2012 8:32:41 AM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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