Ophir sets standard for possible composting project

by Dalton Carver

County commissioners at a March 5 work session expressed support for a project that may bring public composting opportunities to Ouray County, but they can’t guarantee any financial support. Representatives of EcoAction Partners made their case for a composting site that would be located on county property.
EcoAction Partners is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the promotion of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in and around San Miguel and Ouray counties.
The organization is coming off a successful start to a composting project in the municipality of Ophir that began in April 2018. Ophir now has a fully functioning composting site that was made possible by mini grants provided by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
The Ophir project stems from EcoAction’s goal to establish community composting opportunities in the region and is now looking toward Ouray County for the next step in that goal.
The proposed location is the waste transfer facility located on the property that houses the county land use office. However, within Ridgway town limits was also thrown out as a possible location.
“We haven’t really identified an area yet where it would be applicable,” said Chase Jones, public works services administrator for the town. “We have our concerns and things that need to be worked out.”
According to statistics provided by EcoAction, 30 to 35 percent of household waste can be...

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