Breckenridge diverts more than 39 tons of compost this season |

Breckenridge diverts more than 39 tons of compost this season

Compost from this winter’s operations at Breckenridge Ski Resort amounts to more than 39 tons, and it could provide about 9 tons of soil to Summit County residents.

It’s done through the county’s compost operation at the landfill, where food waste is mixed with other materials to decompose and turn into nutrient-rich fertilizing soil to help grow plants and gardens in Summit County’s high altitude environment. The operation is also meant to reduce methane production that occurs when organic wastes break down in a landfill.

The project joins Keystone Resort and Breckenridge Hospitality’s Village Hotel and Great Divide Lodge, which partnered with the county for its composting program in January 2009 and fall 2009, respectively.

The resort’s compost program started at two resort locations in July 2010 to divert waste from the landfill. With success at those locations, the program expanded to all the resort’s dining facilities. To date, Breckenridge Ski Resort has composted more than 49 tons of waste.

The program could grow from collecting waste from kitchens only to including compost bins in the dining areas for guests to use.

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