Curbside Compost Pilot Program

West Vail Curbside Compost Pilot Program

Town of Vail is partnering with Vail Honeywagon to offer a residential curbside compost pilot program in select West Vail neighborhoods.

Starts week of May 1st and ends April 30, 2022.  Space is limited so sign up today!

COST:

Town of Vail will subsidize the program for the pilot year by 50%.

Subsidized cost to residents is $8/month, billed quarterly.

A limited number HOA’s and Multi-family residences are also eligible. Pricing varies based on size of complex. Town of Vail will subsidize 50% of monthly fee to the HOA or multi-family unit up to $50/month.

 

TO ENROLL:

Fill out this form and in the comment section indicate that you are interested in the West Vail Curbside Compost Pilot program or call 970-476-3511 for assistance in enrolling. 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PILOT PROGRAM?

  • 5-gallon locking bucket
  • Educational materials
  • Guidelines and instructions
  • Two paper yard waste bags to get you started
  • Weekly curbside compost service

 

ACCEPTED MATERIALS:

  • All food waste, including meat and dairy products
  • Yard waste
  • BPI certified compostable service ware, cups, and bags
  • Most natural fibers (paper towels, coffee filters, shredded paper, pizza boxes, etc.)

 

PROGRAM RULES:

  • The 5-gallon locking bucket for all food waste MUST be stored indoors or in a wildlife resistant enclosure and placed out on the curbside only on the morning of service.
  • All food waste must be kept in the locking bucket when placed on the curb for pick up
  • If it is completely free of any food waste or food residue, yard waste can be placed at the curbside on collection day in paper yard waste bags OR in a container no larger than 20 gallons in size
  • All compost (food waste, yard waste, etc.) must be placed on the curbside or identified pick up location ONLY on the morning of collection no later than 8 am.

 

PROGRAM BOUNDARIES:

The program will be open to West Vail residents who live along the valley floor throughout West Vail from Sandstone to Arosa Dr. on North Side, Intermountain to Matterhorn Neighborhood on South side. West Vail neighborhoods above the valley floor (i.e. Potato Patch) will be considered on a case by case basis.

 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must live in participating West Vail neighorhoods full time with their Vail address as their primary residence. Year-round residents will be prioritized for participation.

Additional financial support is available for income-qualified residents. Please contact Beth Markham, environmental sustainability coordinator at bmarkham@vailgov.com or 970-479-2333 for more information.

 

WHY COMPOST?

  • About 37% of Vail’s waste that is sent to the landfill could be composted.
  • This includes waste like banana peels, vegetables, eggshells, chicken wings (really all food including meat and dairy), paper towels, coffee filters, yard waste, etc.
  • When this type of waste decomposes in the landfill it creates methane gas which is a powerful greenhouse gas that is almost 30 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
  • Composting is one solution to help reduce impacts of climate change.
  • Feeding the Soil that Feeds you: composting returns nutrients to the soil that will grow healthy, strong, and nutirent rich vegetables, fruits, and other plants.