Some of you know that I also work as a Waste Reduction Specialist at Metro, answering calls in the Recycling Information Center. Last week I spoke with a woman that recently moved from Portland to Happy Valley and she was frustrated to learn that she could no longer put her food compost in her yard debris bin. Portland residents have been composting food scraps through curbside collection for five years. In 2015, Portlanders collected more than 75,000 tons of yard debris and food scraps. Diverting all of that waste from the landfill is important. I’ll tell you what I told her. Speak to your city leaders and urge them to adopt a program like Portland, and help improve our corner of the earth.