Organic Materials 

About Composting and Organic Waste

Benefits of Composting

Nature’s ultimate recycling system where living or once-living materials break down into a rich soil-amendment called compost. Compost is a dark, crumbly, and an earthy-smelling form of decomposed organic matter.

  • Natural Process. Collecting organic materials and combining them to encourage their breakdown makes use of the natural process of decomposition to create a high-quality soil amendment.
  • Saves Money. Composting can be easier and cheaper than bagging organic wastes and having them removed. Your water bills may drop too, since a soil that’s well-amended with compost holds moisture better and reduces run-off.
  • Reduces Waste. Almost 20 percent of the waste stream in Boulder County is plant trimmings and fruit and vegetable scraps that could be recycled as home compost. Recycling organic resources extends the life of our landfills.
  • Valuable Soil Amendment. It is more cost-effective to keep materials on site and cycle them back into the yard as a rich soil amendment - compost.
  • Healthy Garden. Your garden will benefit as well. As the health of your soil improves so will the health of your plants.

Composting Options

Organic Waste Reports

Composting Capacity Analysis for Boulder County, October 2014 


Compost Market Study for Boulder County. July 2012 


Organic Waste Generation and Management Survey Report  for Boulder County, Colorado. October 2010


Organic Waste Management Feasibility Evaluation Report  for Boulder County, Colorado. October 2010


Resource Conservation Division

Staff Directory


Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St.
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F
Map & Directions

Mailing Address

1901 63rd St.
Boulder, CO 80301