Portland may fine compost, recycling violators

Portland may fine compost, recycling violators

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Posted on June 5, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 5 at 5:39 PM

PORTLAND -- Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Dan Saltzman both support a new city law that could fine people who violate the city' trash pickup guidelines.

Trash is showing up in both recycling and compost bins; in particular, soiled diapers.

"I would ask people," Saltzman told KGW, "to think about, if you're working on a sorting line at a recycling facility like Far West Fibers, and you're having to pull diapers and other things off that line, think about that from just the pleasantness of having a job to do."

The company supports the proposed law, which could include a monetary fine of $100.

"At the very peak of our contamination problem we were seeing about a 180 pounds of diapers per day," said Keith Ristau of Far West Fibers. "We are 110 percent behind this ordinance."

Under the city's new trash program, trash collection went from weekly to every other week and yard debris pickup went from every other other week to weekly. The city also handed out kitchen compost bins as part of the change to keep that waste out of trash cans.

To solve the cheating problem, Mayor Sam Adams proposed an ordinance that would make it illegal to put trash in recycling and compost bins.  He also proposed a separate ordinance that would protect the identity of people who report their neighbors.

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