White Salmon Curbside Composting Pilot Gets a Green Light
On 9-18-13 the White Salmon City Council gave a provisional head nod of approval for an optional curbside composting program provided by Dirt Hugger. In August, we placed a survey in the White Salmon water bill, which demonstrated that a majority of respondents wanted a curbside composting option and were willing to pay a little extra for the service (see responses below).
Based on the survey data we will begin an optional program hopefully as soon as October of this year. The initial program will not be the ultimately desired program (nor probably the optimally desired price), but it will be a start and hopefully lead to an integrated service that would allow people to adjust their recycling and/or garbage to accommodate for a third service (yard debris and/or food scraps).
Thanks to Pat Munyon, WS City Staff, & Council for their work and support.
Compost-nerd side note: the results were fairly split on whether or not to include food scraps in the program. A brand new study from ICLEI just came out which shows the relative emissions reductions from composting different materials (i.e. food vs. brush, etc…). Overwhelmingly, food scraps have the highest emissions reductions even when compared to landfills with gas recovery (i.e. The Roosevelt Landfill). Check it out:
New Compost/Topsoil Blend (Garden Blend) Product
Topsoil is a hard thing to control, mostly because it comes from varied sources. We have found a stable supply of soil for the new Garden Blend product and our testing shows an increase in both vigor and emergence from the previous blend product. We hope you enjoy it!
Side note: we have seen Jimsom weed in some of our past blend product – this new blend should not contain Jimson weed seeds. Thanks to our customers for the constructive feedback.
Testing, Testing, Testing…. (more like failing, failing, failing….)
You’d think that after three years of composting we’d have everything dialed – not so. We spent a good part of the summer testing all kinds of different ideas. Most started in failure and some actually ended in good results. The learning never ends in composting.
Despite all of our experimentation we managed to have fun this summer and pull off a few cool projects. Here’s a sample of a few noteworthy ones:
Fall is the Best Time to Apply Compost.
That’s the scientific truth. Over the winter the ground freezes and cracks, freezes and cracks, which allows compost to work its way into the soil. The extra time on the ground helps compost assimilate into the native soil; and ensures that nutrients are in place when plants demand them in the spring. Visit our retailers if you need product this fall.