Did you know? Organic materials such as leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up almost 50% of what Denver residents send to the landfill each year. In order to meet Denver’s 2020 goal of recycling and composting 34%, we need to recycle and compost 31,000 tons more each year. Together, we can do this.
Last year, during the 2019 Denver Compost Challenge (April through November), the Denver Composts program gained 4,203 subscribers. This year the city hopes to add even more. In our Hilltop neighborhood as of January 2020, we rank #4 out 78 neighborhoods with 25% participation!
2020 Denver Compost Challenge Goals:
- Increase the number of residents composting through the Denver Composts program or other options.
- Decrease contamination in compost (and recycling).
- Build community.
2020 Compost Challenge Ambassador Application:
The Denver Compost Challenge is seeking volunteers to be 2020 Denver Compost Challenge Ambassadors. If you’re passionate about composting and want to connect other Denverites to the many ways to compost in Denver, please consider applying. Ambassadors are expected to attend one training and commit to a total of 20 hours of outreach between April and November. Two options for the two-hour training dates are March 7 and March 18.
Denver Compost Challenge Toolkit: Use this toolkit to find ideas for how to plan events in your neighborhood! The Denver Compost Challenge Toolkit is powered by the Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods Program.
Visit the City’s Compost Information page which is a great resource for everyone to learn more about the many ways to compost in Denver. The “Toolkit for Neighborhood Organizers” is intended to offer ideas for those who wish to organize larger composting efforts in their communities.