Welcome to Waste Free Roaring Fork:
A home for information regarding waste reduction efforts throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
In 2012, the City of Aspen, Town of Snowmass Village, City of Basalt and City of Carbondale joined together to form “Waste Free Roaring Fork” (WFRF) a program designed to reduce waste throughout the Roaring Fork Valley.
One of the goals of the Community Office for Resource Efficiency is to promote resource efficiency. Waste in the form of food waste, building waste, electronic waste etc. is demonstrative of inefficient resource use. In fact, waste itself can be a resource when food scraps are turned to compost, methane exhaust is turned to fuel, or building scraps are repurposed! CORE works to reduce landfill waste by promoting reuse and smarter resource management.
Waste Free Roaring Fork was instrumental in passing the single-use plastic bag ban in Aspen and Carbondale. Additionally, WFRF implements the following programs and events:
- The annual “Cup Challenge”
- Educational programming on waste reduction around the holidays
- Film Screenings
- Waste-Not-Want-Not, a competition designed to build awareness of plastic waste and to promote conservation.
The 2015 Cup Challenge:
February 9 through 13, 2015 is the Annual Cup Challenge! Bring your reusable mug to any of the participating shops including:
- Bonfire Coffee, Carbondale
- Boomerang Coffee, Carbondale
- Starbucks Coffee in Willits
- Saxy’s, Basalt
- Woody Creek Community Center, Woody Creek
- Ink!, Aspen
- Jour de Fete, Aspen
- Paradise Bakery, Aspen
- Peach’s Corner Cafe, Aspen
- Spring Cafe, Aspen
- Disposable cups require energy: According to the Environmental Defense Organization, we could power 53,000 homes with the energy America consumes in paper cup use.
- Disposable cups generate waste: Most disposable cups are non-recyclable and non-compostable due to the polystyrene lining so they end up in a landfill.
- Disposable cups contribute to carbon emissions: Starbucks and the Alliance for the Environmental Innovation found that each paper cup manufactured is responsible for a quarter pound of CO2 emissions. By using a reusable mug in the Cup Challenge, customers can reduce their CO2 emissions by 1.2 pounds over the five days.
5 Ways to Reduce Your Waste:
COMPOST: Use residential compost services, start your own, or take to the nearest compost facility
BYOB: Bring reusable bags when shopping at every store
RE-USE: Reuse items and shop at thrift stores rather than buying new
REFUSE PLASTIC: Try to avoid purchasing items that are packaged in plastic
RECYCLE: When you can’t reuse something, recycle it!