City Program Will Subsidize Composters

LA MESA -- After a meeting of much ceremony and contemplating future projects -- bike paths will be everywhere! -- the City Council settled on one thing they could do right now: compost.

The council approved a staff recommendation to begin a program that will encourage La Mesa residents to maintain compost operations in their yard.

Compost piles traditionally collect the green waste -- yard clippings, old vegetables, etc. -- that would normally go to landfills. Instead, they are stored and turned over from time to time as they degrade. The final result is excellent source of fertilizer and planting material.

The city program will use grant money to offer residents a $50 subsidy on the purchase of a $79 composter, essentially a large bin that holds the waste as it is transformed by biological processes into the desired material. (Photo shows one style of composter, not necessarily what the Dixieline product looks like.)

The program will be publicized on the city's website.

Additionally, the city heard two reports -- one from professionals and another from middle school students (see photo below) -- that came to the same conclusion. The city has a lot of work to do to make its streets safe for pedestrian and bicyclists.


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