The Town of Vail is partnering with Vail Honeywagon to bring residential and commercial compost to the community. Compost is a major portion of the total waste generated in Eagle County and a new residential drop site will provide residents an opportunity to divert their food scraps and other organics. Commercial route service, which had operating on a small scale as a pilot program, is now available to all commercial businesses in the community.
Initially, the residential drop site will have capacity for up to 30 customers with the opportunity to expand the program in the future. There will be a modest monthly fee to participate. Customers will be required to receive complimentary training in proper composting techniques to learn what can and cannot be composted. The training will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 at the Vail Public Library. The drop site for Vail will be located at the current community recycling site located behind the Community Development building at 75 S. Frontage Road, adjacent to the helipad and across from the Evergreen Lodge.
Composting is an effective way to recover food and organic waste and creates a usable end product that helps enrich soil, reduce water consumption and reduce climate impacts associated with landfill materials. Currently, Eagle County has a recycling rate of 22 percent. A recent landfill composition study showed that there is potential for up to an 80 percent diversion rate in the community using existing opportunities.
Priority at the Vail drop site will be given to Town of Vail residents. Interested parties do not need to be current customers of Vail Honeywagon to participate; customers of any waste hauler may sign up and receive compost service at the drop site.
Space is limited, interested persons should contract Shawn Bruckman at Vail Honeywagon Organics to sign up, inquire about rates, or secure a spot on the waiting list. To contact Bruckman, call 970-309-2645