Wasted food, yard debris, and other organic materials make up 42% of Knott Landfill by tonnage. The best thing we can do is to reduce our waste (organic or otherwise) in the first place, but the good news is that most of that wasted material is compostable. That is organic material that can be composted returning nutrients to our soil and reducing methane gas from landfills. Composting harnesses nature’s process of decomposition to create something that benefits our yards and gardens!
In Deschutes County, we do have disposal options for our or organics for homes and businesses. Find information on wasted food reduction for homes or businesses, how to compost in your backyard, or the best way to compost without doing it at home.