Letter: Why we compost — please join us
With nearby wildfires, drought conditions, severe erosion and floods at burn scars, it is clear to us that we are seeing the effects of climate change. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless, but if each of us does our part to reduce our carbon footprints, we will begin to make a collective impact.
Food waste is a major contributor to climate change, and it’s something that we all encounter on a daily basis. Preventing food from being wasted and composting organics that do become waste, as opposed to sending them to a landfill, is one way to reduce our contribution to climate change. When organic matter ends up in landfills, it decomposes in the absence of oxygen and produces methane, a highly potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential that is as much as 34 times more problematic than carbon dioxide.
With 100 members in its first year, the Yampa Valley’s Feed For Seed composting program, run by Innovative Regeneration Colorado, diverted 80 tons of food waste from the landfill and has prevented over 344 tons of CO2 emissions from being released into the atmosphere. That’s equivalent to removing 73 passenger vehicles from the road for a year or conserving 38.712 gallons of gasoline.
We have diverted that much food waste primarily using equipment that is made from recycled and repurposed materials. Making a difference does not always require a big investment. It can be done with dedication, determination and ingenuity from a committed community.
The most often asked questions people have about Steamboat’s Feed For Seed program is why the $25 monthly fee. It’s hard to justify if your household is already paying for garbage pickup. We get it. Expenses behind the program include vehicles, equipment, fuel, facility rent, permitting, accounting services, taxes, insurance and, of course, labor.
Consider it an investment in maintaining the health of our natural environment in the Yampa Valley for ourselves and future generations. We invite all of Steamboat to join us. You too can sign up for neighborhood compost pick up at InnovativereGenerationCo.com.
Melanie and Jim Dailey
Charene and Rex Jones
Amy and Larry Jenkins
Butch and Paige Boucher
Bill and Linda Scholle
Jia and Pat Hagan
Tim and Marchele McCarthy
Erica Jacobs and Adam Frank
Kim and Dan Lemmer
Pam and Bob Pole
Jill Bergman, Tessa and Matt Irvin
Kelly Martin and Victor Puleo
Nate and Cari Ann Bird
Doug and Cathy Starkey
Winn and Scott Cowman
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