Gresham's composting program has 36 business signed on in its first year.
Ultimately the city wants to expand the program to between 60 and 80 businesses, enough to divert 2,000 tons of waste per year, said Dan Blue, manager of the city’s recycling and waste program. The city’s businesses generate more than 20,000 tons of garbage each year, and roughly a third of that is compostable.
In the nine months since it started from scratch, the city has diverted about 520 tons of food waste from the landfill, Blue said.
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