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Compost is apparently happening a lot in Pocatello.
So much so, the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department will be expanding its “Compost Happens” yard waste collection program. Last year the program expanded to 700 participants. Now, the department is hoping to bring the number to 1,000.
“We continue see more Pocatello residents taking advantage of ecofriendly options for waste disposal,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator. “Since beginning in 2013 with 500 autocarts, we’ve seen demand grow every year.”
Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and residents who opt-in to the program will receive a 96 gallon autocart with a brown lid for curbside pickup service. Pickups will be on Wednesday or Thursday, depending on location, with the first set to happen April 5 or April 6. The cost is $5 per month and residents will see the charge included on their City of Pocatello utility bill. Compost can be purchased at the Bannock County Landfill for $35 per ton. Compost is available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday from April through October.
In 2016, the program was able to keep 370.67 tons of yard waste out of the Bannock County Landfill.
For more information on Compost Happens and to see a list of compostable items, visit pocatello.us/sanitation or call Debbie Brady at 234-6193.