By Dalton Roth
Central Oregon Daily
A pilot program by Cascade Disposal and Bend Garbage & Recycling is expanding.
All of Bend will now be allowed – and encouraged to – recycle their food waste by tossing it in the same can used for yard debris.
It’s as simple as tossing your leftover foods into the compost bucket instead of the garbage bag.
“The Yard debris program is fantastic because it helps divert waste from the land fill,” said Patricia Williams with Cascade Disposal.
Keeping food waste out of the landfill is an important part of achieving Bend’s climate action goals.
“We’ve been able to do the vegetative waste until now when everything can go in,” Williams said. “Any bones, egg shells, leftovers, cooked or processed foods can all go in there.”
The program is straightforward.
“The material is now not processed as trash but instead goes to Deschutes Recycling where it is processed in about three months to become soil that is available for customers to purchase to enhance their gardens,” Williams said.
There will be no changes to the normal collection schedule with yard debris collected on alternating weeks.
And customers are invited to pick up a free two-gallon kitchen bucket for food scraps at both the Cascade Disposal and Bend Garbage and Recycling offices.
“It’s amazing to see stinky gross garbage turn into something that is rich and smells like really good Earth,” Williams said.