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Denver's pilot composting program trashed due to budget crunch

Denver's residential composting collection pilot program, launched with a grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and donations from Rehrig Pacific and A1 Organics, got off to a promising start, with 3,300 Denver homes having their food scraps and other organic waste regularly collected by the city via green versions of the city's curbside recycling carts.

Now, however, the program's been tossed in the trash bin.

The pilot program will shut down in March due to budgetary reasons, confirmed an employee reached on the city's 3-1-1 information line (the main number for the city's recycling programs). If and when the city has the money the program may re-launch, she noted -- though when that will be is anybody's guess.

Want to keep those green carts around? Sign this online petition launched by a concerned citizen pushing for a citywide compost pick-up program. And then, while you're waiting for good news from the city, compost the old-fashioned way -- in your own backyard.

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