Sorting out recycling concerns |

Sorting out recycling concerns

Dear Editor:

The city of Aspen and Pitkin County are very proud to be able to offer numerous waste reduction options for our community, the newest of which is food waste composting.

Composting is the process where organic waste is separated from the trash and is mixed with yard waste. When properly done, such a mixture will break down over the course of three to six months and become a valuable soil product that can be used in gardens, yards and parks throughout the community.

The Pitkin County Resource Recovery Department has successfully composted thousands of cubic yards of material at the landfill for over 13 years. This has been and remains an important part of its overall efforts to recycle as much material as possible and protect precious landfill space. Adding food waste is a step in improving the program. You can contact them at 923-3487 or to learn more.

We encourage any business or resident interested in participating in the new compost program to contact Ashley Cantrell at 429-1798 or

While food waste composting is a great new option, recycling is still a key part of saving money and reducing waste. We realize that it can sometimes be confusing to know what items should go into which bin.

Here are a few things to remember:

• Always recycle these items at home, work or at the Rio Grande Recycle Center

• Corrugated cardboard

• White and pastel office paper

• Newspapers and magazines

• Comingled containers (plastic, glass and aluminum)

Other items that can be dropped off at the Rio Grande Recycle Center

• Household batteries

• Phone books

• Plastic bags

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

Ashley Cantrell

City of Aspen Environmental Health Department

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