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Pedal-powered compost: riding the restaurant route in Eugene

As landfills fill up and compost becomes more appreciated, some cities have begun organic waste pickup, or greenbin programs, such as Toronto (Canada), Christchurch (New Zealand) and parts of London (UK). While it’s an important first step at closing the loop on food waste, most government programs are still reliant on fossil fuels to move the pickup vehicles.

In Eugene (Oregon, US), a novel program run by the Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT), Eugene city government and the Skinner City Farm is delivering zero emissions compost. In this video, the Resource Recovery program’s co-founder Jan Vander Tuin (also founder of CAT) explains the program while we follow a couple riders on their pickup route.