Tri-Counties Awards DH $50K Grant!

Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program (Tri-County Recycling) has awarded Dirt Hugger a $50,000 grant for equipment to be used at The Dalles Black Gold Mine composting location. In our eyes, Tri-County Recycling is greatly responsible for the genesis and launch of Dirt Hugger through their investment in a comprehensive study conducted by Cascadia Consulting this past winter. Their feasibility study concluded that local commercial composting is the best alternative for handling our regional organic material. The Study coupled with the grant funding thus catalyzed commercial composting in the Columbia Gorge region.  An enormous thank you goes out to Tri-County Recycling, their staff: David Skakel, Glenn Pierce, and Cindy Brown, plus the entire Tri-Counties board.

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2 Responses to Tri-Counties Awards DH $50K Grant!

  1. Cindy Brown says:

    The staff and steering committee of the TriCounty Hazardous Waste & Recycling program are very pleased to help support Dirt Hugger LLC and promote regional composting of our organics material here in the Gorge. In recent years, there have been a variety of discussions by a number of people on the topic of how to manage organic materials and wastes in the Columbia River Gorge, specifically by folks in the Hood River area as well as people interested in developing healthy soils and encouraging local food production.

    A group got together in Hood River County in January 2009 with the goal “to work collectively to promote and execute a communally beneficial project that improves the physical and environmental health of the community by utilizing waste streams for sources of power or compost”. This followed on the heels of a study done for Hood River County on bio-mass for energy production, using forest wastes in the county.

    Our program had the resources to back the organics management study by Cascadia, and has been able to invest in the regional composting operation started by Dirt Hugger. This work is also very important to Wasco County, whose historical recycling rates have been below target levels set by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. In fact, Wasco County is currently operating under a series of guidelines to help improve recycling rates; one big aspect of this was to focus on handling yard debris waste and encouraging the development of a regional composting facility. So all in all, we are excited and very pleased to see Dirt Hugger LLC in operation!

    Cindy Brown, Coordinator
    TriCounty Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program

  2. Cindy, thank you very much for the comment and the continued support!

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