Landscape and Leaf Recycling in Fort Collins & Timnath, Larimer County

Many local residents of Larimer County get significant amounts of leaves and landscape brush that needs to be cleared from yards and walkways prior to the heavy snows we can get in Northern Colorado. Fort Collins & Timnath are able to use services like Compost Queen to divert brush and leaf material throughout the year when they sign up for monthly food recylcing service. 

It’s common for composting to be front of mind in Autumn when gardens close and tress drop. Often this isn’t a set date every year, but depends on how the first freeze moves in. 

In a world where climate change is no longer a looming threat but an urgent reality, it’s crucial for businesses to step up and make a difference. Compost Queen, a locally-owned business in Fort Collins, is doing just that by specializing in food waste recycling. As one of the major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, food waste recycling is a vital part of reducing our environmental impact and helping to create a more sustainable future.

The Challenge of Food Waste Recycling

Food waste recycling is an essential part of the fight against climate change. In the United States, approximately 30% of all food produced goes to waste, and when this organic matter ends up in landfills, it decomposes and releases harmful methane gas. This methane is a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming.

The landfill in Larimer County is set to close at the end of 2024, and the impact is far-reaching. With nearly 40% of the landfill’s material being compostable, the closure is an opportunity to divert a substantial amount of waste from the landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This is where Compost Queen shines as the solution to this impending environmental challenge.

Compost Queen: Pioneers of Food Waste Recycling

At Compost Queen, we are proud to lead the way as the only food waste recycling facility in Larimer County. We’re a local, woman-owned business making a tremendous impact on the environment and community, one food scrap at a time. Our commitment to sustainability and reducing greenhouse gas emissions is truly commendable. We’re also proud to say, we’re a quirky and fun bunch who believes that saving the planet should be as entertaining as it is rewarding!

How Our Food Recycling Program Works

Our food recycling program is incredibly straightforward, and as we like to say, it’s as easy as pie (minus the crust)! If you can eat it or grow it, it belongs in the green bucket. Simply toss your food scraps, including fruit and vegetable peels, coffee grounds, and more, into the green bucket. We offer you the flexibility of choosing to drop off your food scraps at our facility or, for added convenience, we can pick it up right from your front door. This hassle-free approach makes it easy for everyone to participate in food waste recycling.

But that’s not all! When you sign up for our food recycling program, you’re not just reducing your environmental footprint; you’re also reaping benefits. Twice a year, you receive free compost, which is the rich, organic material created from your food scraps. This nutrient-rich compost is perfect for your garden or plants, helping them thrive. Additionally, we offer landscape drop-offs throughout the year as part of our service. It’s an all-inclusive package that makes sustainability convenient and rewarding. We like to think of it as the gift that keeps on giving (or in this case, growing)!

Other Options for Leaves

Composting is a great solution above landfilling organic material. If you aren’t ready to sign up for Compost Queen, there are a few other options: 

  • Leave them! Beneficial bugs that are part of our ecosystem can overwinter in leaf brush, and leaf mulch can help build richer soils!
  • Backyard Chickens – know someone who keeps chickens? Leaves can be great to stockpile and lay down in pens throughout the season. 
  • Facebook gifting groups or word of mouth groups
  • Sharewaste (you’ll see us listed here too!)
  • NextDoor – post to see if someone needs leaves for home composting or animal bedding. 

Consider Your Total Impact

At Compost Queen, we’re not just a business; we’re a beacon of hope for our community and the environment. By specializing in food waste recycling and offering free leaf and landscape drop-offs, we are taking a significant step towards a more sustainable future. As we approach the closure of the Larimer County landfill, it’s heartening to know that local businesses like us are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact and protecting our planet.

Join the Compost Queen revolution today and be a part of the change Fort Collins needs to combat climate change. Together, we can create a greener, cleaner, and more sustainable future for generations to come. It’s not just about reducing food waste; it’s about building a more sustainable and environmentally conscious community, all while having a laugh and a good time with us along the way!