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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Local Compost Company Looks To Expand Service

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Communities looking to create less trash often turn to the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.

One local company is trying to get a C for compost in there, too, and it’s getting some help from the state of Colorado.


Nearly 40 percent of the trash that ends up buried in the Pitkin County Landfill could have been composted.


Local compost company EverGreen ZeroWaste won a grant for $120,000 in October; much of that will go toward commercial, bear-proof dumpsters, to keep area wildlife out of the compost bins.


Alyssa Reindel is a co-founder of EverGreen ZeroWaste. She says composting hasn’t taken off in the valley, so the company is aiming to reach big producers of food waste.  


“We can collect more from a grocery store in one stop than we can an entire neighborhood of single family homes,” Reindel said.


The grant money will target expanding service and providing safe containers at restaurants, grocery stores and schools across the Roaring Fork Valley.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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