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Compost Kicked Out of North Plains City

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Back in January, Washington County commissioners voted to stop Portland’s commercial food waste compost from going to Nature’s Needs, a composting facility outside North Plains City. More than 1,500 complaints had been filed by neighbors over the previous year. Residential food waste still goes to the facility, and North Plains City city manager Martha DeBry says the smell has gone from an everpresent putridness to an intermittent nuisance.

The compost material that was going to Nature’s Need is now being trucked to composting facilities as far away as Stanwood—a city an hour north of Seattle. Food composting is a newer business and only a handful of facilities in the Northwest can handle the material. 

Do you live near a composting facility? How has it affected your quality of life? 

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