WILSONVILLE, Ore. — The City of Wilsonville is providing 500 free kitchen compost buckets to support residents who have an interest in recycling food scraps.
The Wilsonville-Metro Community Enhancement Program is funding the giveaway of the durable compost buckets as well as educational workshops that illustrate the benefits of recycling and composting.
Kitchen compost buckets make it easy to collect food scraps for composting. Toss food scraps in the bucket and — when the bucket is full — deposit scraps in your Republic Services yard debris bin for curbside removal.
The 1.3-gallon buckets are made of high-quality carbon steel that does not rust, stain or retain odors. They are dishwasher safe and conveniently-sized to keep on the countertop or under the sink. A light-lock lid and two activated-charcoal filters help trap and absorb odors
Food waste represents about 20 percent of materials sent to landfills, according to Metro. As this food decomposes, it creates methane, a powerful contributor to climate change. Recycling food scraps helps the climate and also keeps harmful grease, fats and oils out of garbage disposals to give our sewer system a break.
Where to Get a Compost Bucket
Beginning Monday, Oct. 11, Wilsonville residents may pick up compost buckets by showing proof of residency (such as a utility bill); there is a limit of one bucket per household.
Buckets may be picked up at the Wilsonville Community Center (7965 SW Wilsonville Rd.) and the Parks & Recreation Admin. Building in Town Center Park (29600 Park Pl.) weekdays between 8 am and 5pm until the supply is exhausted.
Compost buckets are available at the Fall Harvest Festival at Memorial Park on Oct. 16.
Buckets are available at the Wilsonville Library on Oct. 14, 10 am-3 pm, and on Oct. 23, 2-5 pm. On Oct. 14, at 10:30 am, join the Library’s compost-themed Storytime at the Stein-Boozier Barn.
Wilsonville Parks & Recreation is inviting residents to attend free educational workshops and classes on composting, recycling, and sustainability. Virtual classes are scheduled Oct. 9 and Oct. 23.
Additionally, interested parties can visit the Wilsonville Community Center to attend a ‘Vermicomposting 101’ class on Oct. 9. Participants of the Vermi composting class will receive their own worm bin, along with a compost bucket. Pre-registration is required.
To view the full schedule of educational workshops and classes, please visit WilsonvilleParksandRec.com/Compost
For more information, contact Erica Behler, Recreation Coordinator, at 503-570-1525, or firstname.lastname@example.org.