Wouldn’t it be nice if The City of Denver had a compost pickup system like the current recycling program? Alas, we almost had it citywide! However, due to budget cuts, availability in the program has become severely limited -- only select metro areas receive the option -- and is now fee-based. But for Denverites who are ready to take composting into their own hands, here are the best local resources to get you started.
Denver Urban Gardens: DUG offers free weekly workshops throughout summer and into mid-fall, with a hands-on approach to backyard composting. Held at Gove Community Garden, workshops run about two hours. You can also take a few specialty classes focusing on vermicomposting and pile building.
Gove Community Garden, 13th Ave. and Harrison St.; 303-992-9900
Gaiam, Inc.: This Boulder-based eco store offers more bins than the average environmentalist even knows exists. Whether you want an indoor, outdoor, spinning or a “hot composting” bin, you’ll have plenty of options here to fit specific needs.
833 W. South Boulder Road, Boulder; 877-989-6321
ABC Composting: ABC -- Already Been Chewed -- offers supplies and plenty of advice on taking your composting to the next level: worm farming. Allow the little squigglers to create organic fertilizer while composting materials such as papers waste, yard trimmings, coffee grounds and produce scraps. From worm care to bins to the worms themselves, ABC can get you set.
6209 E. 122nd Drive, Brighton; 303-919-1508
City of Denver: While the composting program has yet to be brought to the masses -- despite a successful pilot program -- the city does present solid resources on its site with links to local compost experts and suppliers as well as helpful tips for beginners and master composters alike.