Portland Puts New Twist on Trash Pickup
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.
Those are the kind of numbers that excite municipal waste watchers. Delegations from places like San Antonio; Santa Fe, N.M.; and California's Marin County have come by to pick through garbage data to study Portland's success.
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June 27, 2012
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