Republic Opens Oregon’s First Food Composting Site

Republic Services has completed an upgrade to its composting facility in Corvallis, Ore., that makes the site able to compost food waste. The facility — called the Pacific Region Compost Facility — is the first food composting site in the state, according to Republic. The facility accepts meat, bread and vegetable products.

“We’ve been recycling wood waste and yard debris on this site for 19 years,” said Jeff Andrews, Republic’s senior vice president, West Region, in a press release. “Harvesting food waste as a reusable resource is the next frontier in recycling.”

According to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, nearly 15 percent of the material landfilled in the state is food waste.