842,000 Estimated START-UP COST for Portland’s citywide curb-side composting program, which launched Oct 31

842,000 Estimated START-UP COST for Portland’s citywide curb-side composting program, which launched Oct 31

32.1% National average of waste DIVERTED INTO RECYCLING OR COMPOSTING (as opposed to landfills). Portland set a local record in 2010 by diverting 50 percent of all waste.

77 Percent of waste SAN FRANCISCO recycled or composted in 2010.

7,200 Estimated tons of EXTRAFOOD WASTE generated between Thanksgiving and Christmas in metro Portland (based on national average)

3 Maximum months at a compost station required to turn a DISCARDED PUMPKIN INTO USABLE MULCH

$1,500 Cost of a single NASAL RANGER monitoring device used to measure odor levels at a compost station.

1 ODOR COMPLAINTS received at one such Portland facility last fall.

Approximate pounds, in millions, of RED WORMS that would be needed to consume an average day’s amount of food waste in Portland.

This article appeared in the December 2011 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine.

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