Since 2006, Vail's Environmental Team has worked with our mountain dining staff to compost food scraps from kitchen preparations. During the course of the 2013/2014 ski season, over 14 tons of organic material was diverted from the landfill as a result of this program.
Why are we doing this? Because when organic waste is landfilled, it creates methane – a potent greenhouse gas that has a 20 times greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide. Since Eagle County lacks a large-scale public composting facility, we have decided to take matters into our own hands. Our composting program diverts non-meat and non-dairy scraps into 2 Earth Tubs – 4 ft by 7.5 ft containers that can process up to 100 pounds of biodegradables per day!
Vail’s Environmental team tends these tubs, maintaining the compost process by adding carbon-bulking agents like leaves and wood chips to ensure the organic material is efficiently broken down into usable soil. Once complete, a custom, solar powered trommel is used to filter out larger pieces, then the soil is used by Vail’s Gardening Team, as well as local chefs, to grow plants and food in the summer. In addition, we are proud that many of our employees often use the soil we produce in one of several local community gardens.