Two garbage and recycling services in Bend will expand the yard debris pick-up program to include all food waste, allowing more Bend residents to compost their garbage.

Bend Garbage & Recycling, now Republic Services, and Cascade Disposal, will allow customers to add all food scraps to their yard debris barrels starting Oct 1, according to a release.

“Nearly every type of food scrap will be accepted, including meat, dairy, produce and bakery (goods),” said Kristin Steiner, general manager of Republic Services. “Compost from Deschutes Recycling can be used on gardens, creating a closed loop food system for our customers.”

The program will help lower greenhouse gas emissions now building up in Bend’s landfill, said Erwin Swetnam, Cascade Disposal district manager.

All customers with the yard debris service are invited to pick up a free 2-gallon pail for storing food scraps. The pails are available at Bend Garbage, 20835 NE Montana Way and Cascade Disposal, 1300 SE Wilson Ave.

More information on the program is available at bendgarbage.com and cascadedisposal.com.

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