food scraps, including meats, dairy, breads, cooked foods, fruits, vegetables, egg shells and cartons, dead flowers coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, paper napkins, paper towels, paper towel and tp rolls, newspaper, paperboard, pizza boxes, brown paper bags, hair, nails, leaves, garden prunings, grass clippings, small branches up to 3 inches in diameter
Please do not compost: plastics, of any kind, straws, lids,metals, foil, treated wooddiapers, human, dog, or cat poocow, horse, and chicken manure cat litter, diseased plants glossy, heavily dyed paper, plastic bags, dryer lint, frozen/refrigerated paperboard. Also be sure to look for plastic labels on produce as on these lemons below. These plastic labels become litter in the composting facility and do not decompose. We are hoping that produce companies will start using biodegradable labels in the future to avoid this unnecessary plastic nuisance!
Composting is the most local way you can "recycle" your compostable items like paper, food scraps, cardboard, tissues, paper towels and rolls, toilet paper rolls, leaves and twigs! We encourage you to add a compost pile or bin to your backyard if you have room, and compost as much as you can on-site. Composting leaves, grass clippings, food scraps and twigs and branches can create your own live organic compost that you can use to fertilize your garden, trees and lawn. If you have more materials than you can compost, or if you don't have a home compost, Rocky Mountain Composting offers curbside compost pickup in the Front Range of Colorado. We bring a clean bucket to you each week (or every other week), and you can simply fill it with your compostable materials for pickup. We take it to the A1 composting facility so they can break it down and turn it into gardener's gold. It is very important to make sure all compost is free of any small plastic debris, or other contamination from things like staples, dog poop, plastic bags, etc. This ensures that A1 can properly compost the materials for use in our landscapes.
Composting can eliminate 30%-40% of a home's waste from going to the landfill! Maybe even more for those who try to avoid buying plastic packaged items. There are easy ways to reduce your plastic consumption, including:
Grow your own vegetable garden: Think about all the plastic packaging that is involved when you purchase food and produce at the store, often organic produce like potatoes, peppers, lemons, onions, etc are packaged in plastic – although why organic companies do this is beyond us!! Grow your own vegetables and you will enjoy fresh produce that does not require any transportation time and energy, or plastic bags and packaging. Plus, growing a garden is one of the most interesting, relaxing and rewarding things you can do. It's not only great exercise, but fresh, organic veggies are so much better for you.
Did you know You can grow greens year-round in Colorado by growing in a Cold Frame. Cold frames are miniature greenhouses that trap solar heat to allow you to grow lettuces, cabbages, onions, celery, parsley, cilantro, spinaches, mustards and kale in the winter months. Growing in cold frames is a great way to enjoy super fresh greens without the worry of contamination (it seems salad greens are always getting e-coli recalls.) Plus, you can garden in the winter so it gets you outside enjoying the fresh air.
Consume less plastic when shopping: Always bring reusable bags to the grocery store or farmers market. Try to buy un-packaged produce whenever possible, and reuse bags or containers to transport them home. Use reusable glass dishes to store produce rather than in plastic bags. If you do have packaging, try to recycle it if possible. Try to consume less overall, don't buy things you don't need, try to reuse and fix what you have.