There is still time! Go to ci.missouls.mt.us and fill out the survey and give the City your ideas and encouragement about how to get to Zero Waste NOW!
When I started the Buttercup I set a personal goal to reduce, reuse, compost, and incentivize customers to bring in their own containers and cups for takeout. Our dumpster used to be four times bigger and emptied twice a week. Now our recycling bin is that size and our garbage bin shrank to the size of a large trash can that is picked up just once a week.
Compost has been a challenge. Different groups and individuals have picked it up once a week or every two weeks, but our most recent vender lost his lease and had to quit. It's good stuff! Mostly organic kitchen scraps, great for backyard chickens, and separated coffee grounds which make a nice top dressing in the garden and around shrubs. Call us if you want to reserve a bucket.
Long term, we want a reliable Zero Waste solution especially for takeout containers which could easily be digested in the City's new digester they bought when they purchased Eko Compost. They need to hear from you NOW to make it a priority.
Growing up on the edge of Buttercup's Dairy Farm, I learned to a lot about recycling, composting, waste. We had no garbage service. A lot of stuff was taken apart and saved for spare parts, compost was fed to a tenant farmer's pigs, and the rest would go to the dump. I loved going there with my Dad because there was this whole other world full of treasure and the Garbage Pickers, a group of mostly women who scavenged for things that could be fixed up and reused, scrap metal, or fuel. But too much garbage ended up there like disposable diapers and plastics that let off dangerous gases. The Pickers disappeared and everything went into the landfill. Truly what a waste.
Support the City's commitment and comment in favor of expanding the use of the Eko digester to include food waste and compostable takeout materials.
One more thing, in your comments can you ask for the name to be changed: Eco instead of Eko? Please?? And Thank You !!!