The city of Denver hopes to expand the composting program, making it available city-wide in 2017-18, with the ultimate goal of removing the fee. Currently, we pay $107 a year extra for this service at our house, which is not a small amount, but we LOVE it. With 18 trees and a large corner lot lawn, we have a LOT of leaves, grass clippings and debris. While I have a small composter, it certainly doesn’t have room for all of the leaves & grass clippings, and I dislike having to use plastic bags to bag up and throw away perfectly good compostable materials, so I really love being able to fill up our huge compost bin every week. And the bin IS large, so it holds over 4-6 large bags of leaves or clippings! In the summer months, we fill it up nearly every week.
It sounds like only 10% of Denver residents eligible for the service actually use the subscription-based compost program, which I think is likely because it costs money. The city plans to increase routes in 2017 and eventually remove the fee and provide all homes with a composting barrel.
They say that 50% of what people throw away each week is organic, and can be composted. Removing 50% of the waste to be dumped at the landfill saves the city money and landfill space (not to mention TONS of black plastic bags!).Composting also reduces methane emissions while creating a high quality soil amendment that gardeners refer to “black gold.” Using all of our organic material to create compost that can be used to fertilize gardens and landscapes makes city-wide composting a win-win-win. Composting also reduces methane emissions while creating a high quality soil amendment “compost” that some gardeners refer to “black gold.”
According to the denvergov.org website, organic material from Denver’s collection program is sent to a facility run by A1 Organics. Compost from A1, which may include material from Denver residents, can be purchased at Pioneer Sand and Gravel locations.