Frisco business takes up composting
Ryan Summerlin October 5, 2012
Peppino’s Pizza & Subs is among several Frisco businesses making energy efficiency and waste reduction improvements as part of the Clean Tracks business program.The program is a partnership between the town of Frisco and the High Country Conservation Center and has aided in environmental upgrades for 20 Frisco businesses since it began two years ago.Peppino’s will begin compost service through Summit County government in December. Pizza, sandwich and salad remains and any other food will be composted, along with paper products and compostable utensils, cups and bowls.”We can expect diversion of over 75 percent of their waste from the landfill,” said Kevin Berg, Summit County Recycling manager.”Peppino’s has very environmentally responsible ownership. They were already paying a premium for some environmentally friendly and compostable cups and utensils, so it makes sense for them to take the next step and send these materials to the commercial compost facility,” said Lynne Greene, program manager at HC3.Four Frisco businesses have composting pickup slated for this winter: Peppino’s, Vinny’s Euro American Restaurant, Stork and Bear and the Moosejaw.A typical misconception is that materials like cups labeled compostable will break down efficiently in the landfill but this is not the case says Greene.”The landfill is engineered to compact trash without oxygen, sunlight or moisture, key ingredients needed in the compost process,” she said.Products, like compostable cups, are meant to go to a commercial compost facility like the Summit County compost facilitate.At Peppino’s, compost will be available for staff and customers in clearly marked bins right next to the trash. Compost is then taken out back where it awaits pickup along-side trash and recycling.Owners Dan and Shannon Fallon are also switching out their halogen lights to more efficient LEDs. They will receive a rebate check from Xcel Energy for about half the cost of the LEDs, or $430, and another check from the Frisco Clean Tracks program for these investments. They are expected to save $240 annually and 2,6000 kWh, according to Greene.”We are always looking for ways to do better, so this was an easy choice,” said Shannon Fallon.The Stork and Bear, too has switch to more environmentally friendly alternatives for use at the business.Saving an estimated $210 annually, the business switched from halogen lights for LED track lighting.