Green initiatives grow in Summit County restaurants |

Green initiatives grow in Summit County restaurants

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Summit Daily/Caitlin Row

SUMMIT COUNTY – When Roger Roberts found out he couldn’t have a dishwasher at his new cafe, he knew he had to go all the way with green-serving products.

“I’m big on recycling. All of our plates, silverware, to-go boxes and cups are biodegradable, and we compost all our food waste,” said Roberts of Ten Mile Cafe on Airport Road in Breckenridge. “And we have a recycling station for all our food waste. We recycle all plastic too. We don’t have a dishwasher, so everything we use is compostable. It’s not just important for Summit County, it’s important for everywhere “

Mark Lipman and Tiffany Kopf, new owners of Kula’s Cafe in Dillon, are also ordering green to-go items from Eco Products, though they don’t compost Kula’s food waste like Roberts.

Lipman said he’s using green products, like post-consumer (already used and recycled) coffee cups and to-go cases, as well as compostable utensils and water cups, because it’s better for the environment.

“We feel better with our to-go products being biodegradable, compostable and post-consumer going out the door,” Lipman said.

Ten Mile Cafe and Kula’s are just two of Summit County’s businesses jumping on the green bandwagon – High Country Conservation Center now offers a service to pick up food for composting, and it encourages all locals to think green and recycle.

“Setting up a commercial composting program is a great way for a business to increase the amount of materials being diverted from the landfill,” said Erin Makowsky, the waste reduction coordinator with High Country Conservation Center. “It’s an easy program that can have a big impact.”

And businesses offering green products are taking a big step in being good to Mother Earth. The next step, Makowsky said, is to “offer composting at the back of the house and as a service to their customers.”

“By setting up a commercial composting program, a business is reducing their greenhouse gas emissions because when food waste ends up in the landfill it creates methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas,” she added.

According to Roberts, High Country Conservation Center actually picks up his food waste as a paid service. All he had to do was purchase bio bags from Eco Products.

For more information about High Country Conservation Center, visit

SDN reporter Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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