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Posted on: March 15, 2023

Spring into Action With Free Kitchen Composting Pail

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-March 15, 2023-With the start of spring just days away, the city is jumping into a new spring-cleaning eco-initiative by offering a limited number of free kitchen composting pails as an incentive to compost at home. 

“As we start a new season, it’s also a great time to make a change to our routines or start a new home tradition like composting,” said Community Recycling Coordinator Alicia Archibald. “Composting is a simple action you can take to reduce greenhouse gasses, support climate action, and reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, you might even reduce food costs for you and your family!”

The city will provide 500 Behrens 1.5-gallon composting pails on a first come, first serve basis to the community. However, there is one requirement to garner your pail, you have to have or plan to sign up for composting service from one of the city’s two partners – Cowgirl Compost CO or Twin Enviro. 

“The city has a goal to divert 85% of our waste stream through composting and recycling by 2050, with an interim goal of 46% by 2030,” continued Archibald. “Approximately 30% of the current waste is from food – so composting will be key to meeting that goal.”

Built with the highest quality painted galvanized steel, this compost pail (7.5"L x 7.5"W x 11"H) is durable and made to last. Sturdy, lightweight and includes two activated–charcoal filters in the lid to effectively reduce odors and composting instructions. Unlike plastic, galvanized steel will last time after time, allowing you to enjoy our painted compost pail longer without signs of wear.

Starting Monday, March 20, the pails can be picked up in the foyer of Centennial Hall, the new home of City Hall during construction of the new Fire Station/City Hall, at 124 10th Street from 7:30am to 5:30pm Monday - Thursday and 7:30am to 11:30am Friday. 

As part of the program, the city has teamed up with Cowgirl Compost CO and Twin Enviro Services in the effort to compost organics. Additional information on this program as well as composting and other sustainability initiatives can be found at


Alicia Archibald, Community Recycling Coordinator, 970.879.2060 or email
Michael Lane, Communications Manager, City of Steamboat Springs, 970.871.8220 or email
Emily Hines, Marketing & Communications Coordinator, 970.871.7031 or email

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