In 2001, with the volume of yard waste collected exceeding the demand for the mulch made from it, Western began a pilot program to test the feasibility and understand the process of making compost. At the time, the site encompassed about 4 acres and, because yard waste was our only feedstock, it took 12 months to finish a batch of compost.
Around 2006, the City of Boulder implemented a full-scale curbside compost program capturing food as well as yard waste, and Western shifted into high gear nearly doubling the size of the yard to seven acres and adding the equipment necessary for a full scale commercial operation. Over the years our process has been refined, improving the quality of the product and, thanks to the addition of food waste to the feed stock, reducing production time to 4-6 months.
In 2010 Western joined the US Composting Council Seal of Testing Assurance program which subjects our compost to thorough analysis 2-4 times per year. We’re proud to note that our product meets the criteria for a full range of uses including lawns, trees, scrubs, flowers and vegetables.
Today, Western collects organic material from all around the County and processes more than 20,000 tons each year. We produce more than 20,000 cubic yards of compost from this material, which is sold to consumers and landscape contractors throughout Boulder County. For product information or to purchase Western’s Green ‘N Gro compost, click here.