Recology finds four destinations for Portland food scraps

Recology finds four destinations for Portland food scraps

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Portland, Oregon's composting efforts will be expanded as commercial food scraps will now be sent to four different locations.

In January, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to no longer allow commercial food scraps from Portland to be sent to a facility in North Plains after residents of the small city complained of odors.

Recology, which operates composting facilities in the Pacific Northwest, including the one in North Plains, has selected four sites to send the food waste to, reports The Oregonian. They include Aumsville and Junction City, both of which are in Oregon, and Stanwood and Royal City, which are located in Washington.

On average, according to the paper, the food waste will be sent an average 164 miles to the facilities.

"Closer to us is better because it's a smaller carbon footprint, and I'm sure that Recology feels the same way because it costs them more to transport it. But, for now, this is where we are," Paul Ehinger, solid waste director for the regional Metro government, told the paper.

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