City of Aspen residents may stop by the Environmental Health
and Sustainability Department on the 2nd floor of City Hall to
pick up a free 6.5 gallon bucket to be used for collection of compostable waste.
Pitkin County residents may pick up their free bucket at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center
- EverGreen ZeroWaste will collect compostable waste at your curb for a fee: 970-987-3140 www.evergreenevents.net
- Free Drop Off at Landfill - You may drop off compostable waste yourself at the Pitkin County Landfill at no charge.
- Bring it in
– Buckets should be kept indoors during bear season
(April – October) and only brought out to the curb on the morning of
collection day. Do not leave buckets outdoors
- Bag it – collect compost materials in small
bags (paper or compostable) every couple of days, then close the bag and
place inside bucket. This will help reduce the smell and slow the rate
the food products break down.
- Freeze it – place meat,
cheese, fish or other ‘stinky’ items in a compostable or paper bag and
put into the freezer. Then, put the frozen material into the collection
bucket on the day it will be picked up.
- Layer it – place layers of paper products in between layers of food products to slow down the decomposition and trap odors.
- Clean it
– giving your compost collection bucket a rinse each week and a wash
when it needs it will help to keep it smell-free and unattractive to
bears. Spraying cleaning solution or diluted bleach on the lid will also
help keep it unattractive.
- Go vegan – keeping meat and
dairy out of the compost collection bucket will reduce the attraction to
bears by reducing the odors. However, be sure you are disposing of
these items safely in the regular trash. Bagging them and freezing them
are still a good idea when you choose to place meat and cheese into the
trash instead of the compost during bear season.
Those who have a secure trash enclosure, a bear-proof bin secured with
metal can place compost material within the bin prior to day of
pick-up. Those with plastic bins (3, 6 or 22 gallon) need to keep those
bins inside until day of pick-up. Bins made entirely of plastic have
been breached by bears, despite the ‘bear-proof’ certification.
Purchasing compostable products is a great way to reduce waste at home or at your next meeting or event. Many grocery stores now carry biodegradable plates, cups, and cutlery made from paper, corn, potato, and sugar cane. Remember that although compostable products are better than plastic, they must be composted in order to achieve their maximum environmental benefit. Make sure the products are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).
Those products are labeled like this:
Compstable Product Resources:
BPI certified products
Restaurant Composting Program Information
- Aspen Meadows Resort
- Bumps Restaurant
- Inn at Aspen
- Limelight Hotel
- Roxy’s Market
- Sky Hotel and 39 Degrees
Please contact Liz O'Connell at 970-429-1831 or go to www.landfillrules.com for more information about the SCRAPS program.