Update May 31, 2017: The Food Scrap Recycling Program is on a hold until further notice. We will not be accepting applications at this time. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
Have you always wanted to compost your food scraps but don’t have space for a backyard compost bin? If so, the Summit Food Scrap Recycling Program is just for you! You can now compost ALL food scraps at the Frisco Recycling Center, Breckenridge Recycling Center or in Dillon at our office for as little as $10 a month. Service includes: Composting up to 10 gallons a week. Simply drop your food scraps in the compost bin at the Frisco or Breckenridge Recycling Center and we do the rest. For information about what is acceptable for drop off click here. After your food scraps go through the composting process at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park, you can buy back compost to apply to your lawn or garden! See below for details.
The Summit Food Scrap Recycling program is a pilot project brought to you by a partnership of High Country Conservation Center (educator), Summit County Government (operator), and Timberline Disposal (hauler). All the food scraps collected from the Frisco and Breckenridge Recycling Center through the Food Scrap Recycling Program is transported to the High Country Compost facility at the Summit County Resource Allocation Park in Keystone. To read more about this unique, closed-loop program, please click here.
Please help us keep our food scrap recycling program plastic-free: National Eco-Cycle research reveals micro-plastics in compost threaten humans and our environment. Many U.S. compost programs are inadvertently polluting our soils with plastic fragments by trying to compost plastic-coated paper products. These small plastic fragments threaten marine and soil ecosystems, wildlife and even humans, enough to call for a ban on plastic-coated paper products from composting. Read more about the findings here and please help the High Country Compost Facility keep plastic out of our compost by adhering to the compost guidelines.
No Compost Bin, No Problem!
Click here to learn how you can use your food scraps in the garden without a compost bin.
Why is reducing wasted food important?
Wasted food is a social problem
- “In 2013, 14.3 percent of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during the year. That is 48 million Americans, of which 16 million are children, living in food insecure households.” Instead of filling our landfills, consider contacting a local food bank to donate excess food that would other wise go to waste.
Wasted food is an environmental problem
EPA estimates that more food reaches landfills and incinerators than any other single material in our everyday trash, constituting 21 percent of discarded municipal solid waste.
- Food is the largest stream of materials in American trash. Once wasted food reaches landfills, it produces methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than CO2. It also takes an abundance of energy and water resources to produce food, so if we can reduce the amount of food we are purchasing we can reduce demand and wasted production resources as well.
Wasted food is an economic issue
It is estimated that at the retail and consumer levels in the United States, food loss and waste totals $161 billion dollars.
- Waste less, spend less. Purchasing for your family or a business can be tricky. Try to only purchase what you know you will use. Throwing out your food is basically tossing away money, so try to plan out a few days of meals in order to save.
- Check out these planning, storage and prep tips to help save you and your family money!