Founded in 1929, Grimm’s Fuel Company is a family owned composting business in Tualatin, Oregon. Grimm’s receives about 60 percent of the greater Portland’s yard waste and turns it into compost, keeping millions of cubic yards of material out of landfills and reducing greenhouse gasses.
The recent spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting everyone throughout the globe in one way or another. As with many companies, we need to consider the best path for our employees, customers and community.
Nearly all of our employees work alone in different equipment or in different locations on our property. Our customers arrive one at a time, in single file. Customers in the drop-off area have been, and will continue to be separated from each other so risk of infection is minimal.
We are very sensitive to the economic impacts of this pandemic. We will be open for normal business activities, especially to support our small landscapers who also work in semi-isolated situations.
The wet weather has made it slow going for finalizing the new ASP pad. We took advantage of the short break in the weather to pave the approach to the 16 zones. We measured 9.0″ of rain in January. Next closest January was in 2012 at 8.37.
The progress on the new ASP composting floor continues and is nearing completion. Soon we’ll be loading it and composting. We were able to test the air flow last week and the results showed an air throughput exceeding the Green Mountain design specification by 30%.
Our demonstration ASP zones continue to do well, we’ve completed 51 batches since February. Air is mostly comprised of 78% nitrogen and 20.9% oxygen and the average internal oxygen reading of our test zones is 18.05%. We will have no problem maintaining the aerobic composting process with the increased air throughput of the new floor.
When we get the zones loaded and in process we will invite you for a visit.
Nearly 600 yards of yard debris was brought in on Saturday, over 12% from Tualatin residents taking advantage of Grimm’s Tualatin Free Dump Day. Thank you for all who brought in the food donations for the Tualatin Food Pantry. Tualatin Food Pantry serves residents of Tualatin, Durham, Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville, providing emergency food boxes with up to 5 days worth of food and personal supplies to needy residents.