Corvallis composting facility highlighted with award at national solid waste conference

COURTESY PHOTO: REPUBLIC SERVICES - (From left) Richard Coupland, Jenifer Stuber and Dan Jameson accept the award.A Republic Services of Oregon composting facility located just north of Corvallis was recently honored with a national recognition for its solid waste management and composting service by the Solid Waste Association of North America.

A waste disposal service used by many communities in Oregon, including Woodburn, Republic Services earned the Silver Excellence Award in the Composting Systems category at the Solid Waste Association's annual conference in Baltimore on Sept. 26.

As one of the largest composting facilities in Oregon, Republic Service's Pacific Region Compost Facility near Corvallis processes more than 120,000 tons of residential yard waste, residential organics and commercial food waste each year. The compost produced there is used for area agricultural, landscaping and gardening purposes.

In 2010, the facility became the first Oregon compost facility to be approved for special types of organics composting known as Type 3, which include proteins, dairy and all food scraps.

"We are honored to receive this recognition," said Shawn Edmonds, general manager of Republic's western Oregon operations. "Organics are a fast-growing part of an evolving waste stream and represent nearly 30 percent of what Americans discard daily. Running a composting facility of this magnitude and caliber is a major undertaking, and this recognition could not have happened without the support of our team members and many local leaders and community partners."

The Solid Waste Association's Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management. The program analyzes programs through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs must also demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.

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