FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, November 03, 2016

Contact: Mike Journee
208-384-4402 | mjournee@cityofboise.org

City of Boise Seeks Public Input on New Curbside Compost Program

The City of Boise will be hosting three open houses for Boise residents to learn more about a new curbside compost pickup, ask questions about the program, and provide feedback.

Boise City Council members gave the new program the final green light during their noon meeting last week.

The open houses will be held at the following locations and times:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 22, 6-7 p.m. at the Library! at Cole & Ustick (7557 W. Ustick Rd.)
  • Tuesday, Nov. 29,6-7 p.m. at the Library! at Collister (4724 W. State St.)
  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-7 p.m. at the Library! at Hillcrest (5246 W. Overland Rd.)

Those unable to attend the open houses are encouraged to provide input via the city’s online survey, which will be open until Dec. 1.  In addition to the three open houses, the City of Boise will meet with neighborhood associations across the city to solicit additional feedback.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for the City of Boise to significantly impact the amount of waste going into the Ada County Landfill,” said Boise City Council President Pro Tem Lauren McLean. “Boiseans place high value on sustainable practices and overwhelmingly participate in our existing recycling program. We think a Curb It composting program will enjoy the same kind of success.”

Through the new citywide residential curbside composting program, residents will be able to reduce waste year-round by composting all of their leaves, grass clippings, branches, yard trimmings, and fruit and vegetable kitchen scraps.  Finished compost will be available free for all Boise residents participating in the program.

Curb It composting is slated to launch in summer of 2017 with weekly curbside pickup on the same day as regular trash pickup. Residents will have the opportunity to select from three green-lidded cart sizes during an open order period prior to the launch date.

About 46 percent of the waste generated from single family residences is compostable material, presenting an opportunity to turn a tremendous amount of material destined for the landfill into a reusable and beneficial product. City officials estimate that the city’s residential waste stream to the landfill could be reduced by 40 percent through this program.

It is estimated that about 80 percent of customers will see an increase of $3.40 in their monthly rates for trash pickup, depending on the level of service they choose. Customers who choose a different level of service, such as having multiple composting carts or choosing to not participate in the citywide program, would see a different monthly rate structure.

Detailed information and education about the new program will begin in February and run through the summer launch date.

The survey and up-to-date information on the program be found at curbit.cityofboise.org.