Longmont secures state grant to purchase 1,000 additional compost collection carts – Longmont Times-Call
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Resource Recycling Opportunities Program. provided Longmont with a grant of $ 70,022.56 that the city will use to purchase 1,000 curbside residential compost collection carts.
This purchase and the city’s continued promotion of its program for homes to choose the compost collection service will help Longmont meet its waste reduction and diversion goals, city staff said in a note to municipal Council.
“The city has set itself a target of a waste diversion rate of 50% by 2025 for its residential waste stream. To achieve this diversion objective, the City aims to increase the current participation rate of residential composting customers from 21.8% to 25%. This project will support the City’s efforts to increase residents’ participation in its voluntary curbside composting service to help meet Longmont’s waste diversion targets and related greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The staff wrote.
During its regular Tuesday night meeting at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center boardroom at 350 Kimbark Street, the board is expected to vote on a resolution formally approving a municipal agreement with the state health department to to accept the grant.
City staff said Longmont’s state-funded compost cart expansion program, with residents’ compost collected for collection by the city’s renewable natural gas-fired collection fleet, will also help. meet Boulder County and State waste diversion and GHG emission reduction targets.
The supply of 1,000 composting carts to households in Longmont “will be accompanied by promotional and awareness efforts to educate current and new users on best composting practices in order to optimize the quality of compostable materials,” wrote the staff, including allowing the city to help reach the peak of spring. / was new customer demand.
Charles Kamenides, director of the city’s waste management services, said in an email Monday that Longmont now has 23% of its residential households – 6,865 of the 29,756 municipal solid waste customers eligible to opt for collections. curbside compostable materials – have registered and subscribed to the service.
“New registrations for the compost service vary from year to year, but we have experienced between 600 and 900 new service activations per year since the start of the program,” Kamenides said.
As part of Longmont’s membership program, city customers for solid waste collection pay $ 6.60 per month for curbside collections that residents put in compost bins – collections that city teams do it every two weeks. Kamenides said that in 2020, Longmont picked up nearly 2,460 tonnes of containers of compostable material.