Solid Waste

Environmental Indicators

Solid waste is the trash that goes to the landfill. Part of what is thrown away is organic waste, such as paper products, food waste, and yard trimmings. These materials cause methane emissions when they break down in the landfill. These emissions represent about 4% of the community’s emissions and are easily combated by recycling and composting – two important actions that will help the City reach its Climate Action and Road to Zero Waste goals. 

Solid Waste Emissions

Solid Waste Measures

The following measures are categorized as direct or indirect. Direct measures track data used to calculate carbon emissions. Indirect measures show community trends that may impact carbon emissions but are not directly tied to carbon calculations. Some measures are not evaluated against a target and are simply informational. This is indicated when the status bar is gray instead of green, yellow, or red.

Measures

Actual

Target

Results

Direct Measures
ENV 139. Community Landfilled Waste
This includes waste generated by all sectors of the community: residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal operations. A decrease in waste is a positive trend. The amount of waste is calculated from information reported to the City from waste haulers, the Larimer County Landfill (information about individual self-hauled material), and City departments that directly haul material to the landfill.
149,890123,6282017
Indirect Measures
Community Solid Waste Landfilled per Capita per Day (in lbs.)
This shows waste per capita by dividing the waste landfilled by all sectors of the community: residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal operations by the Fort Collins population. A decrease in waste per capita is a positive trend and is a good indication of diversion efforts. Waste per capita is calculated from information reported to the City from waste haulers, the Larimer County Landfill, and City departments that directly haul material to the landfill.
4.924.222017
Residential and Commercial Waste Diversion Rate
This metric tracks residential and commercial waste that is diverted from the landfill through recycling or composting. A high diversion rate is the desired outcome for this metric. The metric divides the amount of waste diverted by the total waste generated (landfilled plus diverted waste). Data for this metric are provided by waste haulers, the Larimer County Landfill, and the City of Fort Collins.
26.40%62.69%2017
Tons of Yard Trimmings Diverted (Composted)
This metric tracks the amount of yard waste generated by the Fort Collins community and includes tree trimming conducted by the City’s Forestry Department, as well as the residential yard trimmings collected by hauling companies and reports of materials dropped off to Hageman Earth Cycle or other businesses. Higher tons diverted are desired. The City of Fort Collins, yard trimmings processors, and local waste haulers provide data for this metric.
9,523N/A2017

Solid Waste Initiatives

Initiatives are projects, programs, and positions that the Fort Collins City Council has funded through its budgeting process. Those shown here have a direct impact on solid waste emissions.
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Initiative

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Community Recycling Ordinance

This project was developed in 2015 and 2016 and adopted unanimously by City Council in September 2016. Staff is now working to implement the components of the Community Recycling Ordinance.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Community Organic Recycling Project

Research various policy options for collection of food scraps from restaurants and food scraps or food scraps + yard trimmings from residents of single-family homes. Act upon feedback from City Council once provided.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Reginal Wasteshed Planning

A collaboration between the City of Fort Collins, Larimer County, City of Loveland, and Town of Estes Park, the Regional Wasteshed Planning project is assessing the infrastructure and policies needed to recover and dispose of resources from the member communities through 2050.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18

Municipal Composting Site

Develop/construct a (not for public use) site to compost green waste generated by municipal landscape maintenance activities on a City property, using recent interpretation by Colorado Department of Health & Environment permitting small-scale composting by municipalities.

Last updated:

  • Description - October 2017
  • Status - December 2018


Sep-18