Mesa County Compost Facility Provides Environmental and Financial Benefits
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- As the leaves continue to fall over the coming weeks, officials at the Mesa County Composting Facility are urging residents to compost their waste rather than throwing it out.
Composting is an environmentally friendly way of ditching leaves, branches and other organic material, rather than tossing them in the trash or burning them.
Mesa County produces over 65,000 cubic yards of compost annually and generates over $300,000 in revenue from the sale of the compost product.
This revenue is the sole way the Mesa County Landfill supports their operation from year to year.
Composting yard waste also saves landfills a significant amount of space.
On average, yard waste covers 18 percent of landfill space, but due to composting, the Mesa County Landfill's yard waste is less than 10 percent.
Officials with Mesa County also encourage local residents to generate their own backyard compost.
Ace Hardware stores in Clifton, Carbondale, and Aspen are giving customers five free yard waste bags through November 1 to get started on compost projects.
The coupon required to obtain these bags can be found on cliftonace.com.