Trash your trash-start composting! The City of Aspen and Pitkin County have partnered on the “SCRAPS” program to help residents compost. Participants receive a free collection container, and educational materials that instruct them on how to effectively participate. Read more about SCRAPS here.
Photo of the compost bin provided by the SCRAPS program. Photo courtesy of EverGreen Events.
Have your compost picked up: Composting collection is available to all Aspen and Pitkin County residents and businesses.
In the Aspen/Pitkin program, people separate fruit, vegetable, meats, dairy, and paper waste products from their garbage, put it in a compost bucket, and have it picked up curbside along with garbage and recyclables. Businesses, homeowners, and HOA’s in Pitkin County can receive free inside collection bins from the City and can choose from three different waste haulers, offering a variety of pricing and schedules.
To get your free compost bin, please contact Liz O’Connell, 970-429-1831, firstname.lastname@example.org
Composting is also available to the towns of Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood through Evergreen Events, a private company offering curbside composting services and greening services for events. Contact Dave Reindel at (970) 987-3140.
Residential rates are $18/month for weekly curbside service, with no limit on the amount of food waste. Households can either use a free container obtained through the SCRAPS program, or a similar sized container provided by EverGreen Events. Rates for commercial customers begin at $90/month for weekly collection of up to 1 cubic yard. EverGreen Events accepts a wide range of organic material, including food scraps, yard trimmings, paper, hair and even animal carcasses. BPI-certified compostable products are also accepted. The company’s motto for collection is, “Anything that ever lived, minus the dinosaurs: NO PLASTIC.”
Glenwood Springs accepts “dry compost,” which is paper materials that can’t be recycled, but can be composted for example egg cartons, cereal boxes, junk mail (w/o the plastic envelopes), etc.
Or, compost on your own. Follow these easy steps to compost at home.