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060: Tara Tull - Denver Compost Challenge

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Composting rocks! Tune in for my interview with Tara Tull, one of the coordinators of the 2019 Denver Compost Challenge. Hear how she and other partners are encouraging Denver residents to compost more, any way they can!  Visit the Green Team Academy website for complete show notes and photos.  In January 2019, Tara joined the Green Team Accelerator Lab, an initiative led by Joan to mentor 20 teams across Metro Denver. Tara had an idea of a neighborhood-to-neighborhood waste diversion challenge. She brought it to the Accelerator Lab meetings. Other neighborhoods quickly hopped on board. Tara met with Taylor Moellers, of Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods and Tay Dunklee with Denver Recycles, and both programs agreed to partner. Sponsored by Denver Recycles, Denver Sustainable Neighborhoods and the Green Team Academy, the Denver Compost Challenge kicked off in April 2019 to continue through November 2019.  About half of the materials picked up from Denver residents bound for the landfill could instead be composted. Now, all addresses in Denver's service area (residences up to 7 dwellings) have access to the Denver Composts! program, but only about 10% have signed up for the weekly pick-up of the green composting cart.  Goals Increase the number of residents composting through the Denver Composts program or other option Decrease contamination in compost (and recycling) Build community and neighborhood connectedness For more resources, visit www.GreenTeamAcademy.com  For more information about Denver's composting program and the Denver Compost Challenge, visit www.Denvergov.org/Composts