Hood River City Council Paves the Way For Curbside Compost Collection

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Coming to Hood River!

Last week the Hood River City Council approved a measure to update the city’s contract with Waste Connections to offer curbside residential food waste and yard debris collection.  The program has been in the works for a while and we’re so happy to see progress being made.  We have to hand it to the Councilors for their remarkable job taking into account all of the details that come with the roll out of a program like this.  Deliberating both residents’ support and concerns regarding proposed municipal compostables collection, the Solid-Waste Collection Sub-Committee was able to recommend a sensible, robust collection program.  The Council approved, and now it will be a matter of executing the service updates.

Check out Proposed Program Here

All in all, we here at Dirt Hugger are simply thrilled to know that every week a significant portion of useful material will find a much better home than the land fill or burn piles.  We  applaud the City of Hood River and look forward to supporting the program as it comes to fruition.





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HR City Council Votes on Curbside Collection Oct. 11th

The Hood River City Council will have another vote on curbside compost collection this coming Tuesday, October 11th at 6pm at the Hood River City Hall.  They still have to vote one more time to approve the measure.  Along with this, they will hear letters of both support and concern.

Of course we want to see the measure pass.  Beyond this, we’d love to see the roll out of a super high quality curbside collection program in Hood River; one with overwhelming support that serves as a model for similar communities.  To show support for the program, we urge Hood River residents to contact City Councilors before next Tuesday’s meeting. Here are the Councilor’s email addresses:
Kate McBride (President)- kate.mcbride@cityofhoodriver.com
Mark Zanmiller- mark.zanmiller@cityofhoodriver.com
Susan Johnson- susan.johnson@cityofhoodriver.com
Peter Cornelison- peter.cornelison@cityofhoodriver.com
Becky Brun- becky.brun@cityofhoodriver.com
Tim Counihan- tim.counihan@cityofhoodriver.com

Just to review, here’s what is proposed:

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And here are the collection options the city is considering:

Screen Shot 2016-07-28 at 10.16.02 AMHave your voice heard, write your Councilors, and attend the upcoming meeting on the 11th!

unnamedIn other news, we recently invested in a new screener, the Terra Select T-6.  With this new piece of equipment we can screen a finer product with less spearing (woody bits).  The compost coming off of this new screener is the highest quality product we have made to date and we can’t wait to share it with you.

With help from Peterson, we were able to get this new piece of equipment dialed in, allowing us to screen up to 120 yds/hour at 3/8 inch minus.   It’s sure nice to see compost windrows, long overdue for screening, transformed into that beautiful black gold.

Finally, check out this recent Soil Health Video produced by the Underwood Conservation District.  UCD received a grant from Washington State Soil Health Committee to explore the benefits of compost in orchard and vineyard applications.  We were thrilled to participate in their initiative.


The compost coming off the T-6 screener is some of the best product we’ve had to date


Morning view from Dirt Hugger’s backyard




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