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FREE to Summit County residents

Collecting food scraps is an easy, important step in reducing our waste and carbon pollution. The compost generated from the process creates a valuable amendment to nourish our soil.
Ask Eartha: Why should I collect my food scraps?

Get Started

Enroll for the program and receive a code to access the drop-off food scrap bins at the Frisco, Breckenridge  and Silverthorne Recycling Center. View drop-off locations. This code is required to open the bear-proof bins and will change periodically to reduce contamination. You will be notified via email regarding code and program updates. See how the drop off food scrap bins work.

Call HC3 at 970-668-5703 with any questions or if you are interested in establishing a food scrap collection at your HOA or office.

Food Waste

Now that you are collecting your food scraps, preventing wasted food in the first place is even more important! One ton of food waste prevented can save over 2.4 tons of CO2 equivalents. Do your part by checking out these Tips to Reduce Your Food Waste.

Get a Free Collection Bucket

Buckets available to program participants – request one.
Tips to Reduce Your Food Waste

Accepted: All Food

Includes: fruit pits and peels, meat, bones, coffee grounds, spoiled food, and baked or processed foods.

Not Accepted

All paper, plastic, and ‘compostable’ (i.e. bags, coffee filters, and tea bags) products are NOT accepted in the food scrap program. Why? These products simply do not breakdown in our arid mountain environment and are lightweight which blow off the composting piles creating litter.

Buy Local Compost Made From Your Food Scraps

You can purchase locally made compost from the Summit County Resource Allocation Park at the landfill near Keystone. The compost is created with food waste, biosolids, and wood chips from mountain pine beetle kill – one solution to deal with a substantial amount of dead trees. This compost meets all STA Class III certifications.

Nutrient-rich compost starts at $19 a cubic yard. For more info about the High Country Compost product, please click here or contact (970) 468-9263 x0.

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