Lacey mulls passing ordinance on use of compost materials in public capital projects


Lacey City Council discussed adopting an ordinance on using compost products in planning government-funded projects or soliciting and reviewing bids for such projects.

Public Works Management Analyst Marcus Hoch said the ordinance follows Washington's House Bill 1799, which requires the diversion of organic materials away from landfill disposal and towards food rescue programs and organics management facilities.

"These actions are intended to help Washington achieve its 2030 goal to cut landfill-disposed organic material by 75%," said Hoch.

Once approved, the ordinance states that compost products must be considered for projects like landscaping projects, construction and post-construction soil amendments.

The ordinance would also cover applications to prevent erosion, filter stormwater runoff, promote vegetation growth, or improve roadways' stability and longevity; low-impact development and green infrastructure to filter pollutants or keep water on-site, or both.

Projects requiring the application of this ordinance shall still follow Lacey's Stormwater Design Manual, Lacey Municipal Code, or other relevant permit requirements and guidelines.

Public Works Director Scott Egger said the department also plans to partner with the Public Affairs Department to help inform and educate the community on compostable materials.

Washington's new organics management law requires local governments to reduce the number of organic materials disposed of in landfills and increase the demand for processed organic materials like compost.


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