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JJC Begins Composting Pilot


									Multnomah County Department of Community Justice

                    JJC Begins Composting Pilot!
                    Beginning today, JJC will be conducting a three month pilot collecting food,
                    fibers and compostable containers and utensils for composting. In a recent
                    audit of the JJC’s waste stream, 32% of the waste was made up of
                    compostable food and fibers. With your help, we can divert this waste from
                    the landfill and turn it back into nutrient rich soil.

                    How does it work?

                     Green compost bins have been placed in each break room in the building.
                     The green bins are lined with green compostable bags to distinguish them
                     from the trash cans, and will be taken each night to a specialized compost
collection and turned back into soil.

What do I have to do?

It's easy! Simply place your compostable items into the green compost bin instead of the trash.

What can I compost?

All paper towels and food soiled paper. Any paper product including napkins, pizza boxes,
pastry bags, coffee filters and other unlined paper products. Do not include paper products that
are lined with plastic such as coffee cups or frozen food boxes. These products are unable to
break down in the compost and are trash.

All food waste. Cooked and raw foods including all meat, dairy, bread, bones, pasta, rice, fruits,
vegetables, tea bags, coffee grounds and all other food waste.

Containers and utensils from the JJC Café. All cups, plates, forks, spoons, knifes, stir sticks
and straws from the JJC café. Do not include containers or utensils from other locations. Other
products are lined with plastic and are not compostable. Do not include any coffee or soup lids.
These are not compostable.

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What should I do with items not included above?

If you are unsure about whether or not to compost an item, please throw it away in the trash. For
the program to be successful and to continue beyond the thee month pilot, we need to have as
little contamination as possible in the compost collection.

Where can I go for more information about the pilot, composting or to ask questions?

Please visit the Multnomah County Sustainability Program at http://mint/recycle and click on the
compost link, or you send us an email at

Thank you for all of your help in making our recycling programs a success!

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