Commercial Composting at the Alliance Center!

Jason Page : Monday June 17, 3:50AM

The Alliance Center is excited to announce that we have partnered with Alpine Waste & Recycling to start a commercial composting program here at the Alliance Center!  Even better, we are partnering with the Tattered Cover so that their highly visible cafe will be taking advantage of our composting program as well!

Fortunately compost has come a long way and isn’t as obscure of a word or concept as it once was, but, to make sure we are all talking about the same thing, compost is the result of the natural  process of turning organic material into soil.  In other words, it’s the dirt that is left over after once living things decompose.

Composting still has a long way to go until it claims its inevitable place next to recycling and trash as just part of the way we deal with our waste stream here in Colorado.  Far from a small piece of the pie, organic material (food, yard debris, paper, etc) makes up the majority (58%) of what Denver residents send to the landfill.

The EPA has identified landfills as one of the largest producers of methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent in its heat trapping capabilities than carbon dioxide.  As the majority of waste, landfilled organic material contributes a sizable amount to these greenhouse gas emissions.  According the US Composting Council, in 2005, the United States sent 25 million tons of food waste to landfills.  The greenhouse gas impact of composting this waste would be the equivalent of removing 7.8 million passenger cars from the road.

This is a large price to pay to dispose of something that naturally turns into something we need for our own survival and that has even earned the nickname “black gold.”

Join us at this month’s Dine-a-logue lunch series on June 27th at 12pm to learn more about the commercial composting process from Alpine Waste & Recycling.

Regardless of whether you’re able to attend, please learn more about composting and how you can easily do it in your own home and place of business by taking advantage of these fantastic resources.

We look forward to tracking our waste diversion and sharing our lessons learned to help get compost up to its rightful place alongside recycling and trash.  If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]; we’d love to tell you all about our black gold!

 


Author Bio:

Jason oversees all aspects of the Alliance Center to ensure it fulfills its mission as a hub of collaboration, enabling all of its tenants and partners to be more effective. Jason also carries a dual role as the point person for all technology needs; this involves managing the Alliance Center’s shared internet, phone and printing services as well as the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado’s website, database and IT infrastructure. Jason has administered microcredit loan programs for Denver entrepreneurs, explored fair trade and international development first hand in South and Southeast Asia, and assisted his family business in caring for elderly individuals with dementia. He is a firm believer that our society must establish a deeper sense of community and accountability and looks forward to working towards expanding this view across the state. As a Colorado native, Jason loves the beauty and simplicity of the outdoors and welcomes any opportunity to get outside the city limits. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Finance/Economics, and was two courses short of an Information Systems degree.

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