City of Boise Expands Compost Giveback with Pilot Program for Neighborhoods, Community Groups 

The City of Boise turns organic waste into massive compost piles at Twenty Mile South Farm. - LEX NELSON
  • Lex Nelson
  • The City of Boise turns organic waste into massive compost piles at Twenty Mile South Farm.
Since the inception of its city-wide composting program in June 2017, the City of Boise has picked up more than 40,000 tons of compostable material from the green bins of the program's participants. In mid-2018, it had a roughly 88 percent participation rate and was already poised for expansion both in collections and giveback sites—locations where Boiseans can pick up their shares of the finished compost. According to a Dec. 27 memo to the Public Works Commission from Residential Recycling Program head Peter McCullough, the latter is now underway in the form of a pilot Community Giveback program for neighborhood associations and community groups.

As it stands, Boiseans can pick up compost at various sites across the city, but under the new pilot program, neighborhood associations and community groups can apply for larger deliveries of 20-30 cubic yards of compost, which can then be dispersed to the public.

"The Community Giveback program is designed to allow Boise residents to access free compost closer to their homes," wrote City of Boise Public Works spokeswoman Natalie Monro in an email. "Compost can be used in flower beds, planter boxes, vegetable gardens and as water-saving mulch around landscaping. We are initially running this giveback as a pilot to gauge interest in the program, [and] there is not currently a set end date."

The pilot is already taking applications, and those looking to apply can find more information here.

The memo also noted that a new giveback site has been sent to bid and should be open by late spring 2019. It's slated to be located near the West Boise Water Renewal Facility. 
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