Thursday, September 08, 2011

This Summer's Countywide Pilot Composting Program to Continue

This summer's countywide pilot composting program had more than 60 participants — causing proponents to call it a success and shoot to keep the program running for individuals.

Summit County government and the High Country Conservation Center recently partnered with Faction & Company, owned and managed by Erick Becerril and Ethan Mason, to hand off the project on Sept. 22 to the private entity.

It will keep momentum on the effort to divert food waste from the landfill and thereby lend a hand to Mother Nature and the Earth.

“When food waste ends up in the landfill, it breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen) and produces methane, a potent greenhouse gas,” HC3 officials say.

Becerril and Mason currently collect compost, recycling and trash from residences and businesses and, later this month, will take on transporting what's dropped off at the Frisco Recycling Center to the landfill operation.

“We're already partnered with HC3 in our compost and recycling curbside pickup,” Becerril said. “So we decided to take on the drop-off because there's a lot of interest from not only existing participants, but HOAs who are looking at doing something similar to that.”

For $17 each month, compost program participants receive a 4.5 gallon compost collection bucket that can be emptied once a week at a time that's convenient to them. Faction & Company will provide a lock combination in lieu of scheduled drop-off times.

It's an honor system, where people tally their visits and Faction & Company tracks the weight of their pick-up and compares it to a rough calculation of what the weight should be.