City and County of Denver, CO

05/02/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/02/2017 08:32

FREE “Learn to Compost” Classes Offered by Denver Recycles

Spring is here, and it's time to take your recycling and gardening efforts to the next level by learning how to compost in your own backyard! Get started today by signing up for one of Denver Recycles' and Denver Urban Gardens' free Learn to Compost classes. These hands-on classes showcase just how easy and fun it is to make your own compost from food scraps and yard debris.

Organic materials such as leaves, branches, grass clippings and food scraps make up more than half of what Denver residents send to the landfill each year. Making and utilizing compost at your home not only puts these resources to good use and sends less material to the landfill, it also improves lawn and garden health, conserves resources, saves money, and increases overall soil quality.

Free Learn to Compost classes start Sunday, April 30 and are offered through mid-October at the Denver Compost Demonstration Site within the Gove Community Garden at 13 Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will open one month prior to each class date. Pre-registration is required. To sign up for classes, visit dug.org/compost or call 303-292-9900.

Each hands-on, two-hour Learn to Compost class teaches the basics of backyard composting. In addition, two types of special in-depth classes are also offered:

  • Worm Workshops focus on vermicomposting (worm composting). Six Worm Workshops are offered throughout the season.
  • Build-A-Pile Classes give participants hands-on experience building an entire compost pile including: how to incorporate different ingredients, chop materials, water and turn the pile. Five Build-A-Pile classes are offered throughout the season.

This program is sponsored by Denver Recycles and Denver Urban Gardens. For more information about this program and other compost options offered by Denver Recycles, please visit DenverGov.org/DenverRecycles or call 311.