Oregon county considers composting all food waste

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by Associated Press

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 6 at 1:22 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Stale pizza. Leftover chicken. Greasy burgers. It's possible Marion County residents could soon toss all of that into a recycling bin for compost.

A plan the county is developing calls for turning all food into compost.

That means adding bread, dairy products and meats to the fruit and vegetable scraps that already can be put in the carts for composting.

The plan aims to improve the county's recycling rate, which is already one of the best in the state.

Still, some say there's room for improvement.

Marion County residents throw out more than 52,000 tons of food every year. That's about the weight of 212 million double cheeseburgers from a fast-food chain. And a fifth of Marion County's garbage consists of food.

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