Published January 11th, 2024
About this time last year, we and our industry were just beginning to reckon with the then newly-passed Waste No More initiative, which requires that all commercial entities and events in the City & County of Denver provide composting (and recycling). We were grateful to be featured in this article in Edible magazine in March 2023 – check it out, for a look back at all of the questions, concerns & nerves that were coursing through our sector back then!
A lot has changed since early last year. Republic purchased GFL’s Colorado operations, effectively merging two of the largest haulers in the State and creating ripple effects in the market. Almost every hauler & processor in the Denver Metro (including Scraps!) has received grant funding via the State’s Front Range Waste Diversion program to help support the necessary infrastructure and workforce development needed to support the industry as we prepare for this ordinance, and other legislation, to take effect. And Scraps’ founder Christi served as a member of the Waste No More Task Force, convened by the City to help advise on how best to shape and flesh out the ordinance to ensure that it is clear, equitable, enforceable & sustainable. The Task Force’s work is complete; now, January 2024, its recommendations are in the hands of city staff and city council. The ordinance is expected to officially come into effect in the first quarter of this year.
Stay tuned for more on how the Waste No More ordinance is affecting our work & composting across the Denver Metro area – coming soon!