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There will be a new collection day for participants in the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department’s yard waste collection program, Compost Happens.
New for this year, Sanitation crews will pick up residents’ yard waste autocarts the same day as their regularly scheduled trash pick up day.
“Now, our customers will only have to remember one day to put their autocarts out for collection,” said Debbie Brady, Recycling Coordinator. “Over the years, the program has grown and it was becoming too difficult for our drivers to pick up all the yard waste in the city over the course of two days.”
Since April 2013 when the program started, 2,143.54 tons of yard waste have been diverted from the Bannock County Landfill. From Fiscal Year 2014 to Fiscal Year 2018, the number of customers has grown from 500 to 1,183.
The Sanitation Department is currently accepting new residents for the program. To sign-up, contact Debbie Brady at 208-234-6193 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $5 per month from April to November and is billed to your City of Pocatello utility bill.
Officials would like to remind residents the only materials that can be placed in their yard waste autocart are grass clippings, leaves and garden trimmings. No other material will be accepted.
Compost generated from the program is available for purchase for $35 per ton at the Bannock County Landfill Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information on the Compost Happens program, visit pocatello.us/620/Compost-Happens.
More on all the programs and services offered by the City of Pocatello Sanitation Department can be found at pocatello.us/361/Sanitation.