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The local government is hoping to encourage people to consider food scrap recycling  

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF WILSONVILLE - The Wilsonville government is handing out 500 composting bins to the community.

The Wilsonville government is hoping to facilitate food scrap recycling by providing 500 free kitchen compost buckets to community members beginning Oct. 11, according to a city press release. 

Wilsonville residents who show proof of residency can pick up compost buckets, starting on that day, at the Wilsonville Community Center. Each household is limited to one bucket. Buckets will also be handed out from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 14, at the Wilsonville Public Library, at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 14 during a compost-themed storytime event at the Stein-Boozier Barn in Memorial Park, and at the Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 16 and 2-5 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the library. Composting is "the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into a valuable fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants," according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. 

The city said the 1.3-gallon buckets do not rust, stain or retain odors. Those who receive the bucket can discard their food scraps there and then place them in their yard debris bin for removal. 

"Food waste represents about 20 percent of materials sent to landfills, according to Metro. As this food decomposes, it creates methane, a powerful contributor to climate change. Recycling food scraps helps the climate and also keeps harmful grease, fats and oils out of garbage disposals to give our sewer system a break," the press release read. 

The city will also offer compost classes hosted by master recyclers Robb Kappa and Kris LaMar Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 virtually. These presentations will cover how and what to compost and how individual decisions can improve the vitality of the planet. 

For more information about composting opportunities, visit https://www.wilsonvilleparksandrec.com/parksrec/page/compost-bucket-giveaway.


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