Effective April 1, 2023, accepted materials in residential and commercial compost collection will be limited to:
• ONLY food scraps
• ONLY yard / plant trimmings
• ONLY 3 gallon certified (CMA Approved) compostable bags used to collect food scraps
A1 Organics, which operates THE ONLY permitted large-scale compost manufacturing facility serving the Front Range community, has made changes to the materials they will accept for composting. Due to the high levels of contamination in the compostables stream, they cannot sell their finished compost product made from community collection programs and are calling for a cleaner stream of organics (what you put into your compost container).
The updated compost rules are simple! Two categories ONLY:
● Food Scraps: Produce, bread, bones, meat, cheese, eggshells, coffee grounds (no coffee filters), etc. REMOVE ALL produce decals, rubber bands, strings, twist-ties, and anything that is NOT food.
● Yard & Plant Trimmings: Leaves, twigs, branches, flowers, grass, and yard trimmings.
Place items LOOSE (unbagged) in your compost container. That’s it!
The following items are NO LONGER ACCEPTED in the compost: If it isn’t food scraps or plant matter, it doesn’t go in your compost bin.
These items ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED:
● Paper products; including tissues, paper towels, and napkins, paper bags, tissue paper, brightly colored paper, paper scraps and shredded paper, tea bags, and coffee filters.
● All compostable packaging and products, even those that are certified compostable; including cups, utensils, plates, and takeout containers.
● Compostable bags larger than 3-gallon size All the above items now belong in the trash.