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A green compost bin sits in front of a home on King Street on Jan. 19. Denver is expanding its composting program in 2016, adding three routes. (Seth McConnell, YourHub)

Re: “Denver to expand its composting program in 2016,” Jan. 28 YourHub story.

As a Denver resident, I’m thrilled to learn of the city’s decision to expand its curbside composting program and bring our citywide landfill diversion rate to at least the national average.

Putting new carts at the curb and trucks on the road, however, is simply not enough. Community education is paramount. Denverites opting in to the program need to educate themselves around composting basics. Few realize just how much can be composted in a commercial facility; it’s important to adopt best practices when subscribing to a fee-based service like this one.

Denver residents should also know that even if their household or neighborhood isn’t included in the program’s expansion — yet — other composting options do exist. In our apartment downtown, we divert substantial amounts of organic waste by collecting and depositing at our local recycling and compost drop-off.

Cyrus R. Martin, Denver

This letter was published in the Feb. 7 edition.

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