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Overwhelming Composting Response
The idea for the check-in on the Portland composting program came from one of our producers who said she'd been overwhelmed recently in a social setting with people talking about their responses to the city's new program which involves less frequent trash pick up and curbside composting. When we aired the segment yesterday, we had a similar response. On Facebook page and our TOL webpage, listeners flooded us with positive, negative, and ambivalent responses. As we do for all our segments, we read as many of these responses as we could, bouncing the comments off our guests and taking calls as well.
Many of those who were frustrated with the new program said they felt they were paying more for less service and some highlighted the messiness of collecting food scraps in the kitchen before taking them to the curb for pick up.
Jeff V said the change was a failure in his eyes, since his family of four had to upgrade to a bigger can (which is more expensive).
Some who liked the program seemed to be avid recyclers and partial composters already, while others were previous skeptics who were won over having found the inconvenience wasn't nearly as bad as they had initially feared.
Dealwithit said that it's only fair that if you produce more trash you should pay more for it.
Angie Monday said people need to keep in mind the bigger picture and that "we will all end up paying more costs and fees in the future as we run out of landfill space."
All in all, there were SO many responses (160 on our site at last count!) that went unread on air that we just wanted to say, thanks again to everyone who posted!
And if have specific ideas for follow ups in the future, don't forget about our Suggest a Topic space where you can do just that!