Grants Pass stops compost business

Grants Pass stops compost business

Grants Pass is getting out of the compost business after more than a decade as it has become cost prohibitive.

The Southern Oregon city has been producing a product called Jo-Gro from a combination of garden and wood waste, along with the treated sludge from the sewage treatment plant — what’s left behind that can’t be returned to the Rogue River.

But, the Grants Pass Daily Courier reports, the city faces heavy expenses to keep the enterprise going: at least $1 million to improve the facility to guard against groundwater contamination that comes with heavy winter rains and then an annual subsidy of more than $400,000 a year.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.