City of Boise considering compost program

Posted at 6:24 PM, May 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 20:25:11-04

The City of Boise is hoping that a proposal could streamline composting at residential addresses.

If adopted, the city could be fully composting by 2017, which leaders say could drastically reduce the amount of trash in the Ada County landfill.

Responsibility from the homeowner would be minimal.

Instead of tossing kitchen scraps and organic waste into your gray trash, you would separate it into a compost only bin that would be picked up by the city on a weekly basis.

“It's just like the existing program we have for the trash and the recycling,” City of Boise spokesman Mike Journee said.

Those who would opt-in to the program would be able to access to the soil from the organic waste. Although it’s still unclear at this time if the soil would be delivered to residents or available at a centralized site.

Total costs associated with the program?

Roughly $9 million dollars for trucking equipment and recycle bins.

The fee to cover the program will go into effect during October if the program is approved by the city council.