In 2016, only 20% of trash was diverted from the landfill compared to a rate of 34% nationally and 54% in Boulder. Additionally, only 10% of eligible households are enrolled in the city’s current residential composting programs. Food waste that ends up in landfills increases the cost of hauling, prematurely fills limited landfill space, and adds significant to greenhouse gas emissions.
The purpose of this Policy Working Group is to write a policy that sets incentives and funding around single family and multi-unit composting. We will also explore options for expanding city composting to commercial and government.