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Two of the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department’s ecofriendly programs experienced growth during 2016.
December 2 was the final day for the department’s “Compost Happens” yard waste program and its annual leaf collection effort. 2016 saw the yard waste program collect 370.67 tons of material, up 57.89 tons (18.5 percent) from the 312.78 tons picked up in 2015. Meanwhile, leaf collection brought in 38.45 tons, 8.08 tons (26.6 percent) more than the 30.37 tons taken in during 2015.
“We continue to see Pocatello residents embracing environmentally conscious options for waste disposal,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator. “As these numbers show, as well as the popularity of curbside recycling, Pocatellans like to do their part to be as green as possible.”
2016 was a year of expansion in other ways for both programs. The yard waste effort grew from 600 to 700 participants and an additional week of pick-ups was added to the leaf collection program. Instead of being added to the garbage at the Bannock County Landfill, material collected through both programs is utilized to make compost.
For more information on these or any of the other programs offered by the Sanitation Department, visit pocatello.us/sanitation.