Eco-Cycle, based in Boulder, is one of the oldest and largest non-profit recyclers and Zero Waste organizations in the U.S. They are passionate about resource conservation and supporting everyday residents in their conservation habits. They provided the following alert to assist Coloradans in efforts to eliminate contamination in our compost. You can also learn more about composting service and the upcoming expanded collection service starting in January 2023 here.
Putting compostable items in the compost bin instead of the trash can is one of the easiest and most effective first steps you can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—specifically methane, which is generated when our food and yard waste is landfilled. Composting also produces a nutrient-rich soil amendment that restores farmland and promotes sustainable agriculture. Not bad for one little bin!
However, when we put items into our compost bin, we must make sure that what we put in is actually compostable in order to create compost that can be used by farmers and gardeners.
Here’s the good news: composting guidelines are MUCH easier to follow than recycling guidelines! It’s simple: if it rots (think food discards and yard clippings), it can go in. If not (think glass, plastic, tape, stickers, metal), keep it out. Our regional composter has identified the top “Dirty Dozen” compost contaminants they see coming into their facility with an appeal to please keep these materials out of your compost cart and out of the finished compost product applied to local soils.