Public Survey requests input on residential compost collection proposed effort in HR

Hood River City Council is evaluating the need for an updated curbside garbage, recycling and composting program. Citizens have cited concerns with the current system in regards to nuisance (cans blowing over, lids flying off), worker safety (residents and workers lifting heavy cans) and interest in expanded recycling services (greater access to recycling, and/or curbside compost collection). Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling has launched a public survey to gather input from Hood River residents to further inform the Hood River City Council in evaluating curbside collection services.

A waste study commissioned by Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling in 2010 revealed that nearly 40 percent of the residential waste stream in Hood River is compostable (food waste and yard debris). Currently, Hood River Garbage accepts self-haul brush and yard debris at the Hood River transfer station for $12.28 per cubic yard, or free to Hood River City residents on Wednesdays. There are currently no options for residential food waste recycling.

“This is an opportunity for Hood River residents to provide input about whether they want enhanced recycling services, like higher-volume recycling roll carts and curbside compost collection, and what their priorities and concerns might be” said David Skakel, Program Coordinator for Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program.

The Residential Curbside Collection Survey opens Wednesday, Sept. 16 and will be live until Thursday, Sept. 24 at noon. To access the survey, go to

Survey responses are anonymous. Results will be compiled and presented to the Hood River City Council at the Sept. 28 meeting at 6 p.m. in Hood River City Hall (211 Second Street) by the Waste Working Group. Anyone interested in providing direct input on the issue of curbside and compost collection services to the City Council is encouraged to attend this meeting.

Visit before September 24th to provide your input on curbside collection services in Hood River.

For more information, contact Skakel, Tri-County Hazardous Waste & Recycling Program Coordinator, at or 541-506-2632.

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