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Portland makes composting easier -- and cheaper

Last summer, I chronicled my (largely unsucessful) attempts to start a home-composting system. Now, with spring just around the corner, the city of Portland is giving me a chance to start afresh -- with a manageable price tag, to boot.

For $37.50, city residents can get an 80-gallon Earth Machine compost bin (normal retail value: $80) -- just put your kitchen scraps (and shredded paper) into the recycled plastic container, and eventually, they'll be transformed into rich garden soil. Not only will this reduce household waste, but it'll save Portland some money: "
Last year, the Riverside Recycling Center received 6800 tons of yard waste and brush from Portland residents costing the City more than $335,000 to manage," a city press release reads.

Order forms are available online, and compost bins (as well as a few accessories) will be available for pickup on May 10.

This is what it looks like, if you're wondering:




My one remaining question is: What do us apartment-dwellers DO with our compost if we don't have gardens or yards to put it in?
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