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If you follow City of Durango and Table to Farm guidelines, wildlife conflict should not be an issue with your collection bucket. For curbside compost pickup, please remember to only put your bucket out on the morning of your collection day (between 6 and 8 a.m.). Make sure the lid is on and fully sealed, and do not leave your bucket out at night.
At-home composting must follow the city codes for composting in order to help prevent wildlife conflict.
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The City of Durango is currently in a public-private partnership with Table to Farm Compost. Visit www.tabletofarmcompost.com to sign up for curbside compost collection.
Table to Farm Compost serves all addresses within Durango city limits. You can check service availability at your address during the signup process. If you live outside city limits, contact Table to Farm Compost at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-601-3113 to find out if service is available in your area.
Yes. Table to Farm Compost offers a wide variety of service packages for customers of different sizes. Visit Table to Farm Compost to see options for business and larger scale service options.
What you can compost depends on what service or at-home process you use. In general, items like vegetables, fruits, coffee grounds, and unbleached paper towels, are the most easily compostable.
For a full list of what can be composted through Table to Farm, please visit their website.
No. The city of Durango and Table to Farm Compost are currently partnering on outreach and education to encourage more residents and businesses to sign up for compost collection voluntarily.
In the coming years, the city will be evaluating the feasibility of expanding city-wide food waste diversion and composting services. Landfills are the third-largest source of human caused methane emissions and food waste makes up approximately 20% of residential waste in Durango. Reducing waste and increasing composting will be critical to achieving the city's adopted sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions goals.
The current agreement between the City of Durango and Table to Farm Compost does not exclude other compost service providers from operating within city limits. All compost service providers, including Table to Farm Compost, must obtain a permit to operate from the City of Durango. When signing up for service, be sure to ask your provider if they are permitted.
Placing a couple of handfuls of sawdust or shredded paper products at the bottom of a compost bin helps to mitigate smells and keep buckets clean. Table to Farm Compost service customers can request sawdust at any time and some will be dropped off on your next pick up day.
Residential service through Table to Farm Compost provides one 5-gallon bucket which is picked up once per week. This is usually enough for a family of 4-5 that produces an average amount of food waste, but you can request additional buckets for a small additional cost.
If you are concerned about producing more than 5 gallons of food waste per week, first try to identify the top sources of your food waste. See if there are ways to reduce the amount of food waste you generate each week before asking for additional buckets.
You might be surprised to learn that many things other than just food waste can be composted. For example, Table to Farm accepts coffee grounds, vacuum contents, grass clippings, hair clippings, unbleached paper towels and shredded paper products.
Compostable waste is transported to their local compost facility and turned into finished compost and artisan soils. Many local farmers use Table to Farm Compost products, as well as nurseries in the surrounding counties.