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How can we improve local food and nutrition access in Salt Lake City?

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Kate Lohnes said about 8 years ago:


Through the Sustainable City Dashboard project, Salt Lake City is sharing our plan to enhance the future of our community. We invite you to join the conversation by sharing your ideas, comments and criticisms with us. What is your vision for the future of Salt Lake City?


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Ben Mates almost 8 years ago

One way to enhance the fertility of soils, increase soil life and build water-holding capacity is to add generous amounts of organic matter to the soil. Currently, large amounts of organic matter are transported to the landfill for composting and precious little of it returns to city gardens.

Couldn't the City chip/chop yard waste on-site for residents who opt in? Could the City deliver (in the empty trucks returning from the landfill) truckloads of the compost or wood chips to local parks, free to anyone who can haul it away?

The benefits would be more and healthier garden produce, water conserved, fewer weeds and landscapes filled with beautiful green plants.

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Kate Lohnes almost 8 years ago

Thank you for your suggestion. We are looking for additional opportunities to encourage our residents to take advantage of the composted material produced at the landfill, which will advance goals towards water conservation and healthier gardens. Adjusting fees and making the landfill compost available in a more convenient location are options we are currently exploring, but keep in mind that any cost incurred for additional services Salt Lake City offers residents has to be recovered through monthly garbage collection fees.

The landfill operates under a budget separate from the City’s waste collection program. There are operating costs at the landfill to process and produce the compost – costs that have to be covered by some means. Charging a small fee ($30 per truckload), helps to cover some of that cost, and the remaining cost is covered by the tipping fee that is charged to the hauler (i.e. the City) dropping off the green waste. If the landfill would to offer “free” compost for residents, it may result in a higher tipping fee in order for the landfill to cover its operating cost.


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