Grand Valley Composting Extends Life Of Landfill

In an effort to keep the air cleaner, the Grand Junction Fire Department wants more residents to turn to the earth and try composting. Composting is a centuries–old method of converting organic waste, such as yard and garden waste, into a fertile soil additive.

Larger debris, such as tree branches, can be run through a chipping machine and put in a compost pile. Many neighbors pool their money to rent such a machine. A member of the Colorado State Cooperative Extension Office says composting is easy to do and can help add years to the life of a landfill.

For those not inclined to try composting, the Mesa County Compost Facility accepts commercial and public yard and garden waste at no charge. Saturday, the landfill will also accept larger items that are illegal to burn and usually carry a landfill disposal fee.

For more information, call the C.S.U. Extension Office at 244–1834.

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