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SUBMITTED PHOTO - LOFD Lt. Paul Lauritzon and Driver/Engineer Andy Owens star in a video that introduces the City's new residential organics pickup service. The video is online at https://youtu.be/IJ1CqX8U7jM.

Residential organics pickup begins June 1

Republic Services has been delivering kitchen recycling containers to homes throughout Lake Oswego this week as the City gears up to begin residential organics collection on June 1.

Once the service starts next week, residents will be able to add food waste — including meat, bones, dairy, fats, grease, coffee grounds (including the filter), tea bags and greasy pizza boxes — to their yard debris bin.

There will be no change to collection schedules or frequency, the City says. All waste, recycling and yard debris will continue to be picked up weekly.

To cover the costs of the residential organics program, the City has approved a $1.89/month rate increase for all customers, except for those who use a 20-gallon cart; those customers will see no rate increase. Currently, the majority of Lake Oswego customers use a 35-gallon cart. The City’s theory is that by diverting food waste to the yard debris bin, customers may be able to switch to the smaller cart and save some money in the process.

For more information on the program, go to ci.oswego.or.us/sustainability/residential-organics-collection. Better yet, check out the how-to video on YouTube, starring LOFD Lt. Paul Lauritzon and Driver/Engineer Andy Owens, for tips and tricks. It’s available online at youtu.be/IJ1CqX8U7jM.

Community Clean-Up Day set for June 4

The City of Lake Oswego will host a Community Clean-Up Day on Saturday, June 4, at River West Church, where six partner organizations will be on hand to help residents recycle and repurpose the things they no longer need:

-- Tools 4 Troops will accept hand or power tools;

-- Habitat ReStore will take appliances, cabinets, doors, hardware, furniture, home goods, HVAC, lawn and garden equipment, lighting and electrical materials, paint, plumbing and tools;

-- Bike Farm will collect bicycles and bike parts;

-- Community Warehouse will haul away gently used kitchen items, linens and furniture;

-- Portland Police Bureau Sunshine Division will take gently used or new clothing, non-perishable food items and new, unopened school supplies; and

-- Republic Services, Lake Oswego’s garbage and recycling collector, will take just about everything else, although hazardous waste, e-waste and yard debris will not be accepted.

The event begins at 10 a.m. at the church, which is located at 2000 Country Club Road, and continues until 1 p.m. or when the business partners have reached their capacity. The event is free, thanks to disposal vouchers from Metro that will cover the costs that typically come with donating waste through Republic Services.

For more information, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/sustainability/community-clean-day-and-bulky-waste-disposal.

City’s photo contest now open for entries

What makes Lake Oswego such a unique and special place? Is it the people who live, work and play here? The beautiful neighborhoods, the art-adorned shopping districts, the plentiful parks?

All of that and more is fair game in the City of Lake Oswego’s eighth-annual photo contest, which asks amateur and professional photographers to share what they see when they look through their lenses.

Entries are being accepted now through 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9; winners will be announced in early November, and winning images will be displayed in a special exhibit at City Hall, published in the City’s print and online newsletters, and featured in a future issue of The Review.

There are monetary prizes, too — $100 gift cards for first place, $50 for second place and $25 for third place — in each of six different categories: Life in Lake Oswego, Places in Lake Oswego, People of Lake Oswego, Pets in Lake Oswego, Positive Aging in Lake Oswego and Youth (any subject, as long as the photographer is under 18).

For details and entry forms, go to www.ci.oswego.or.us/publicaffairs/photo-contest.

— The Review