Landfills are incredibly harmful to our environment—they degrade our soil, contaminate our water, pollute our air, emit chemicals that are toxic to human health, and contribute to climate change. Surprisingly, Colorado does a poor job of keeping waste out of landfills. Currently, Colorado diverts only 15.9% of our waste from landfills, which is half the national average of 32.1%.
With recycling and composting, you can contribute to a sustainable future and dramatically reduce the amount of waste that we create. By recycling items (such as glass, plastics, paper, and aluminum) you allow them to have a next use and avoid the harmful environmental impacts of producing virgin materials. By composting your food scraps (which currently account for most of the material that is sent to landfills) you can significantly reduce emissions that drive climate change and return critical nutrients back to the soil that are beneficial in growing our food.
See below for what can be recycled and composted
If you are unsure if an item can be recycled or composted, please contact us and we will be happy to let you know.