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(April 21, 2015) – Leaf Day has come full circle, with spring garden compost now available for sale to the public from leaves collected last fall during the bureau’s zero waste Leaf Day Pickup service.
For this year’s spring compost sale, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is expanding its hours at the Sunderland Recycling Yard, and is now open during the next three weekends except for Mother’s Day in addition to regular weekday hours.
The recycling yard, at 9325 NE Sunderland Road, will be open to the public the weekends of April 25-26, May 2-3 and May 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In addition to the special weekend openings, Sunderland is open to the public during its regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The cost for each cubic yard, which will typically fit in a small truck bed, is $24.
“For the first time, PBOT is expanding hours to make more compost available to the public,” said Sunderland Program Manager Jill Jacobsen. “Those who do purchase Leaf Day garden compost return year after year because of the quality and the price.”
As a member of the United States Compost Council, the recycling yard monitors its compost six times a year for quality, maturation, organic content, trace metals, pathogens, and particle size.
After collecting 14,691 cubic yards of leaves from city neighborhoods during the 2014 Leaf Day program, the bureau has turned 99.98 percent of the leaves into compost, yielding 4,301 cubic yards of compost and creating only .02 percent of waste.
In addition to making compost available for purchase by the public, Leaf Day compost also is used by City crews for plantings and erosion control and also is donated to community gardens.
Portland’s Leaf Day collection program begins in early November and runs through mid-December to pick up leaves from neighborhoods with large numbers of mature trees. Removing leaves from streets helps reduce slippery road conditions, increasing the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Street leaf removal also reduces street flooding caused by clogged storm drains. Portland’s infrastructure also benefits from the reduced amount of leaves entering the storm drains.
More information about the leaf composting program at Sunderland Recycling Facility can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/319723.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation