Household Composting

Beginning January 1, 2022, the Town of Snowmass Village will host its very own location to compost residential food waste! There will be NO ADDITIONAL COSTS to our customers for the use of this container!

The compost container and services will take the place of the electronic recycling dumpster. Electronics can still be properly disposed of at the Pitkin County Landfill. For more information about electronics recycling please contact the Pitkin County Landfill at 970-429-2880. 

How To Compost:

The following are suitable for food composting:

  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Bones
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Eggshells
  • All seafood shells except oyster shells
  • Nutshells
  • Bread
  • Grains
  • Coffee grounds and tea bags
Pictures of various compostable items, such as food scraps banana peel meat egg cartor

Small amounts of food-soiled paper and compostable packaging are acceptable, including pizza and paperboard take-out containers, Please tear pizza boxes and paperboard containers into pieces before composting.

Please, no Styrofoam, waxed or plastic covered containers, glass, silverware, cans, bottles or plastic bags. Garbage and recycling must be kept separate from food composting materials.

Keep Wildlife Safe

Household containers must be stored indoors. Composting that is stored outdoors, in non bear-proof containers, will be ticketed and fined. When dropping off your compost in the container at Public Works, please be sure to properly latch and secure the dumpster to keep bears out. Frequent violations will result in this free service being suspended. Learn more about TOSV wildlife ordinances and keeping bears safe on the animal services page. 

Free SCRAPS Composting Containers:

The Pitkin County Landfill offers FREE 6 1/2 gallon sealed gasket containers for food waste composting. It has a very tight lid that prevents odors from escaping. Please keep in mind these containers are NOT bear-proof and need to be stored indoors. Call (970) 429-2880 for details. 

Yard Waste:

The dumpster and collection site located at the Public Works facility is NOT for yard waste and green composting. Those items, such as grass clippings, leaves, branches, etc. can be taken to the Pitkin County Landfill for composting.

During the fall each year, the Town does provide a composting bin at the Town Park Rodeo Lot for composting fall leaves only.


The bear-proof composting container is available for drop offs 24/7 at the Public Works facility, near the administrative offices. Turn left at the entrance.: