Do you want reduce your food waste but don’t know where to start?
HC3’s Food Scrap Recycling program provides a convenient way to compost at home and at work.

What is Food Scrap Recycling?

Recycle your Food Waste – By diverting ALL food scraps away from the landfill, you are mitigating greenhouse gas emissions!

Your participation in the Food Scrap Recycling program helps minimize methane emissions, a greenhouse gas, produced by food decomposing in landfills. Composting also creates a close-looped system wherein uneaten food is turned into a valuable soil amendment.

Service includes:

Bring up to 10 gallons of food scraps a week to the compost bins at the Frisco or Breckenridge Recycling Center. Timberline Disposal and Recycling hauls it to SCRAP’s composting facility where the food scraps break down into High Country Compost.


$20 -monthly | $40 -quarterly | $66* -6 month | $50** -pre-approved referral rate

*Great news! Thanks to the passage of 1A, Summit County is working to provide free drop-off for food scraps this summer/fall. Until that time, HC3 will offer prorated pricing for food scrap recycling programs. Once access is free, program participants who paid for additional months will be contacted with instructions on requesting a refund.

**Recruit a friend to be part of the program that diverts approximately 70,500 pounds of food waste from the landfill each year! If you are already a paid member, the new rate will be applied to your next annual payment and your friend will receive a discounted rate for their first 6 months. Must be approved by program coordinator, Hallie Jaeger.

Food Scrap Recycling Program Info

No Paper Products

The reason paper products are not accepted in summit county composting is for two reasons as determined by SCRAP:

  1. Paper products are lightweight, blow off the composting piles, and cause litter due to wind.
  2. We have excess carbon in the landfill due to so much beetle kill wood in the county.

The exception to the no paper products rule is used coffee filters and tea bags.


Please do not include bags with your compost. Even BPI Certified compostable bags do not break down in our arid mountain environment. Food Scraps Only need to be dumped from your container to the toter directly.

Calling All Silverthorne & Dillon Residents

Are you in favor of a drop off location nearer to you?

Please email RE: Dillon Drop Off, for more details on the lobby to establish a drop-off location at the town of Dillon Recycling Center in 2018.

Buy Local Compost

Have you seen our community gardens? The abundance of vegetables and salad greens are due to great soil! You, too, can have great soil by purchasing locally made compost from the Summit County Resource Allocation Park at the landfill near Keystone. The compost starts with biosolids and food waste. It is then mixed with chips from mountain pine beetle kill – one solution to deal with a substantial amount of dead trees. Nutrient-rich compost starts at $19 a cubic yard. This compost meets all STA Class III certifications. For more info about the High Country Compost product, please click here or contact (970) 468-9263 x 0.

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