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In 2006 Lafayette offered its residents curbside recycling.
Lafayette residents jumped in with record participation, keeping tons of paper, cardboard, aluminum, steel and glass out of the landfill, conserving natural resources and greatly reducing energy use.
Now Lafayette residents say they’re ready to compost.
In summer 2013, Eco-Cycle Canvass staff surveyed residents on their willingness to participate in a curbside composting service and the vast majority said YES! They would compost if it were offered as a convenient part of their trash and recycling service.
Composting is important for our community, our children’s future, and our environment.
In a recent trash audit, Eco-Cycle found that more than 40% of the waste Lafayette is sending to the landfill—mostly food scraps and yard waste—could have been composted. By composting, we can help enrich poor Colorado soils. And, when biodegradable materials like food and yard waste go to the landfill, they create methane, a greenhouse gas 72 times more potent than CO2 in the short term. If we compost, we can prevent those emissions, and their effect on the climate.
Let’s join communities all around the world, including local communities like Louisville and Boulder, and begin composting!
It’s easy – You put your kitchen food waste, soiled paper (napkins, plates, facial tissues) and yard waste (yard clippings, weeds, etc.), in a bin provided to you and put it out on the curb for pick-up, just like when you recycle. With one small step, you can make a BIG difference.
How do we make it happen?
To add composting to its curbside service, the city council must approve a new contract with the hauler. Lafayette’s hauling contract is up for renewal this spring. Now is the time for the city to make this important addition.
Fill out this form to let them know.
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To the Editor:
It’s time Lafayette join its neighbors, Louisville and Boulder, and take the next important step toward Zero Waste. Curbside composting is a simple and easy action that has an enormous impact. When we put organic materials like food scraps and yard waste into the landfill, the greenhouse gas, methane, is created. Methane has 84 times more heat-trapping potential than carbon dioxide, making it very harmful to our environment. We can stop methane emissions from landfills by simply composting.
Composting also helps our soils. Currently, we are losing 75 billion tons of soil worldwide each year. It makes no sense to send our organics to the landfill when we can compost and return valuable nutrients to our soil right here in Boulder County.
I urge the Lafayette City Council to add curbside composting to the city’s waste services this spring when they renew the city’s hauling contract, and I call upon all my neighbors to do the same. If you want to get involved or simply show your support, sign Eco-Cycle’s petition at www.ecocycle.org.