Twin Enviro is now composting food waste!
We’re offering curbside pick-up and drop off sites for Twin Enviro residential customers only.
Sign up now and get your first month free!
(Available in Steamboat city from east city limits and most subdivision between Steamboat and Milner )
What can go in?
If it was attached to anything you eat, we’ll take it! Fruits, vegetables, meat, seafood, bones, rice, beans, eggshells, pasta, bread, tea bags, coffee grounds/filters, and more.
- Residential Curbside Pick-up or Drop Off: $25/mo.
- Small Commercial (Coffee/Pizza shops): $50/mo.
- Medium Commercial (Restaurants): $98/mo.
- Large Commercial (Hospitals/Grocery Stores): Call for pricing
- Multifamily/HOA: Call for pricing
Call or email to get started today!
Big Picture: why does composting matter?
According to the EPA, food and yard waste make up 30% of waste the goes to landfill. Making compost keeps these materials out of the landfill where they take up space and release methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas 25% more potent than CO2 in retaining heat in the atmosphere. By composting, we’re keeping methane out of the atmosphere while generating a beneficial product.
Composting food waste near the point of generation is a great first step in the creation of a circular economy. Much like an ecosystem, the compost from the local food waste benefits the local community. Local processing eliminates the need for imported compost reducing costs to local growers and landscapers. Compost improves our local soil and environment where we can see it and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. Composting is the easiest way to make an impact on your local environment.
“One of biggest challenges growing in Routt County is the quality of our soil, which is generally not very good from a gardening perspective. Low in organic matter, many Routt County soils are made up of clay, are rocky, and/or are very shallow before hitting gravel or shale. The addition of organic matter is one of the best ways to improve any kind of soil to make it a better growing medium.”
County Director and Agriculture Agent
CSU Extension Office
Did you know….
The wood (carbon) that is necessary for hot composting, generates the same BTU’s (British Thermal Units) over the duration of composting as it would if it were to be burned. Regulations require hot compost piles to reach a minimum of 130F for a period of time to eliminate pathogens, but piles often reach 150F-170F. Our local chef will be working on some compost slow cooker recipes….seriously!
Your food waste can literally generate power! Composting with Anaerobic Digesters generates methane that can be captured and used as a fuel source for heating, cooking, and generating energy.
A 3’x3’ composting area using Black Soldier Fly larvae (BSFL) can process 30lbs of food waste a day. BSFL generates Fras which is a great soil amendment, much like worm castings. BSFL byproducts can also make lipids for cleaners and other products and can even be used to make biodiesel. BSFL is one of the fastest growing protein sources in nature for animal feed. Some companies in Europe are raising these as a protein source as a replacement for meat for human consumption. We’re not ready to go that far but it’s still interesting.
Stay tuned for some fun projects!