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DC officials: Plan 'on-track' for curbside compost pickups

Posted August 8

— Washington, D.C. officials plan to begin curbside compost pickups alongside recycling and trash and say the city is on track to begin the rollout.

The Washington Post reported Monday that district officials say the pickups are part of a five-year composting plan that could contribute to an 80 percent reduction in Washington's waste by 2032.

Officials estimate more than half of the city's food and yard waste could be composted annually through the pickups. That estimated nearly 150,000 tons (135,000 metric tons) of organic waste would also create a nutrient-rich soil additive for growing food and plants.

District Public Works director Christopher Shorter says the city should begin delivering organic waste bins in the next five years.

Washington still has to secure a site it can transform into a composting center.

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