Composting


Composting collection is now available to all Aspen and Pitkin County residents and businesses. This is         an important step in the waste-reduction efforts of our valley that groups such as the Environmental Board in Carbondale are looking to replicate downvalley. In the Aspen/Pitkin program, people separate fruit, vegetable, meats, dairy, and paper waste products from their garbage, put it in a compost bucket, and have it picked up curbside along with garbage and recyclables. Businesses, homeowners, and HOA’s in Pitkin County can receive free inside collection bins from the City and can choose from three different waste haulers, offering a variety of pricing and schedules.  To get your free compost bins, please contact Ashley Cantrell at (970) 429-1798 or ashleyc@ci.aspen.co.us.


Composting is also available to the towns of Carbondale, Basalt and Glenwood through Evergreen Events, a private company working throughout the Roaring Fork Valley, offering curbside composting services and greening services for events. Contact Dave at (970) 987-3140.



Thank these establishments

for participating!


  1. Aspen Meadows

  2. Boogie’s

  3. Pacifica

  4. Limelight Lodge

  5. Bumps

  6. Smuggler HOA

  7. Burlingame HOA

  8. Aspen City Hall

  9. Aspen Art Museum

  10. KDNK (full zero waste)

  11. Obermeyer

  12. Bonfire Coffee

  13. Whole Foods

  14. Town of Carbondale

  15. Town of Basalt

  16. Aspen Emporium

& Flying Circus

  1. Alpine Bank in Aspen






What can I compost?

People are always asking about what can and can't be composted.  There are many details and specifics, but in general, we say anything that ever lived can be composted-excluding dinosaurs (plastic products).
Yet there are a few tricky products which appear to be paper-based, but that actually contain polymers.  Some of them even made it erroneously on to early versions of the compost guideline stickers and magnets...ooops!


Here a some examples of commonly mis-composted products:

  1. Half-gallon milk containers: have plastic beaten into the paper fibers for a moisture barrier.  They are actually recyclable in some markets; check with your trash hauler to see if they take Terra-Pak and aseptic containers for recycling. 

  2. Frozen food boxes: contain plastic beaten into the paper fibers for a moisture barrier (except Amy's Organic brand.)  Technically, these items are neither recyclable or compostable.

  3. Ice cream containers: have plastic layer for a moisture barrier.

  4. Packaging for single-serve tea and oatmeal-the tea bag, herbs, string, fortune and staple are all compostable, but if the bag is individually packaged, that wrapper is trash because of a plastic layer.

  5. Sticker paper: neither paper, nor plastic, but both.  It sometimes even includes vinyl or PVC.  Please keep stickers and their "paper" backings out of the compost.


When these items enter the compost stream, the plastic never breaks down, becoming troublesome contamination that is screened out and trashed.  Please help us maintain the viability of regional organics processing by keeping your compost clean and free of trash.