The Front Range has one regional compost manufacturer, A1 Organics, where all our local waste haulers take compost for processing. A1 has changed compost sorting rules because they are experiencing high levels of contamination in the compostable materials they receive from businesses and community members across the region.
Plastic, glass, metals, latex gloves and more are mistakenly placed into compost bins. When composted, these contaminants break down into sharp pieces or microplastics, leaving A1 with a product they cannot sell.
On the other hand, food scraps and plant trimmings make excellent compost for gardens and farms. Read A1’s notice to haulers and municipalities.