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Near-zero waste at community picnic

Dear Editor:I wanted to write and thank everyone for helping to make this year’s community picnic such a success, especially with the compost.For those of you who were there, this year’s picnic was our first attempt at “Zeroing in on Zero Waste.” Our ultimate goal is to have a picnic where we generate no trash, and though we did not fully achieve zero waste this year, we were close. At the end of the day we generated about two bags of trash, minimal recycling (mainly because cans and bottles were not given out), and a pickup truck filled with compost. The majority of our waste, the compost, is now in a pile at the compost facility at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center (landfill), beginning to decompose and work its way back into soil.I’d also like to thank Dylan Hoffman, the compliance and outreach coordinator for the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center, who helped organize the event and took the compost back to the compost facility, where he will be monitoring the progress of our compost. For more information about composting at this year’s community picnic, why we did it, where we got the corn-based cups and forks, and more, please check out our website: http://www.aspenpitkin.com/depts/44/ or give us a call 920-5039.Thanks again, everyone!Sarah LavertyAspen Environmental Health Department