Boise composting program makes great strides in first year

Posted at 5:08 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 19:08:56-04

The city of Boise Public Works Department estimates that in the first year of a new composting program that an estimated forty million pounds of compost was kept out of the landfill.

A majority of the compost that comes back to Boise is available free to the community, people can pick up compost at the Idaho Botanical Garden during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

"It's been a hot commodity," said Colin Hickman of the Boise Public Works Department. "A sincere thank you to the citizens of Boise who make the composting program a success."

The city will pick up leaves, branches, fruits, vegetables, grass, pine cones, needles, egg shells and even coffee grounds, filters and tea bags in the bin with the green lid.

Because of the success of the first year of the composting program, the city has plans to open up additional compost pickup sites, while also introducing some initiatives to bring compost to neighborhoods.

To see what the process the city uses for composting at Twenty Mile South Farm, click on the video.