close up view of composting natural waste


County Compost Facility Exploration

A cross-departmental county team, led by the Public Works Department, is exploring the potential for a compost facility within Boulder County. Currently in the initial phase, the project team is completing key studies to determine if a county compost facility will help the county reach its zero waste and climate action goals and exploring suitable sites for a facility. Learn more about the project.

Changes to Composting Guidelines

As of April 1, 2023, only food scraps and yard and plant trimmings will be accepted for composting by the region’s compost processor. The green, compostable waste bags will only be accepted if they are 3-gallons or smaller. The compost processor is making the change in order to try and eliminate micro- and macro-plastics from the final compost product. Got a question? Check out the Compost Changes FAQ webpage to help find your answer.

Compost Video Library

  • Learn about composting options.
  • General tips for composting.
  • Important information about compostable products.
  • Learn how to start and maintain a backyard compost bin.

Benefits of Composting

Almost 20 percent of the waste stream in Boulder County is plant trimmings and fruit and vegetable scraps that could be recycled as compost. Composting is a natural process of decomposition that creates a high-quality soil amendment and can extend the life of our landfills.

  • 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.

Contact Us

Resource Conservation Division



Boulder County Recycling Center
1901 63rd St.
Boulder, CO 80301
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Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.