Compost Incentive Program

Mountain Village Compost Incentive Program

Town of Mountain Village (TMV) is currently working to reach a Zero Waste goal by 2025 which means reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills in our community.

The Composting Incentive Program supports TMV’s zero waste goal by incentivizing Homeowners Associations (HOAs), Hotels, and multi-unit facilities (this program excludes individual homeowner) to educate themselves about how to keep food scraps, yard trimmings, and food-soiled paper out of the landfill through TMV’s financial support for the purchase, installation, and operation of a compost unit(s) for these facilities. The compost generated can then amend local soils for use in gardens and landscaping beds.

Food and yard waste can take up as much as 30 percent of your trash bin. By composting, you can significantly reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill, and help the Mountain Village community achieve our zero waste goals. To facilitate the composting process, Mountain Village’s Green Team Committee has worked with EcoAction Partners and Town Council to enact a community-driven incentive rebate program that will allow local businesses, restaurants, hotels and neighborhood Homeowners Associations (HOA) to receive rebates for the installation of a composting system.

How Does This Work?

Mountain Village’s Compost Incentive Program works as a rebate to the consumer and is available for Homeowner Associations (HOAs), multi-unit residential or mixed-use buildings, hotels, restaurants and local businesses. The rebate is available for 100 percent of the compost unit purchase up to a $5,000 maximum spend. A portion of the funds may be used for composting equipment, infrastructure, advertising & marketing, and consulting experts.

Composting Rebate Program Steps

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The Town of Mountain Village requires all trash, recycling, and composting units to be bear proof, and stored in an enclosure as approved by the Planning and Development Services Department.

      • In multi-family developments with individual garages accessed by an open driveway, a common enclosure is permitted if each individual unit does not have its own garage or enclosure specific to the individual unit. For information, review the section of the Community Development Code that discusses trash, recycling, and composting enclosures.
      • If you or your Homeowners Associations (HOAs) will be installing a compost system, there are certain permitting processes that need to be complete prior to installation. These processes depend on if the compost is going in an existing enclosure, or a new structure will be built to house a compost system. Specific requirements can be found below. For questions, please contact Drew Harrington the Building Official for the Town of Mountain Village.
          • For installation of a composting system in an existing structure located within a single-family district or a multi-family housing development, a licensed contractor will need to obtain a Building Permit through the Building Department. After filling out the Building Permit, the town will schedule an inspection to ensure that the composting system meets International Building Code and Electrical Code standards. Fees for a building permit are based upon the cost of project valuation.
          • If a new structure will be built to house the composting system, two permits will need to be obtained prior to receiving composting rebates.
          • The first permit that is needed will be a Development Permit, which is obtained through the Planning and Development Services Department. The fee for a development permit is also $250.00.
          • Upon approval, a licensed contractor will need to obtain a Building Permit through the Building Department and the town will schedule an inspection. The same process is followed for both single-family districts and multi-family housing developments.

Composting Rebate Incentive program application and permit must be submitted to Zoe Dohnal, Community Engagement Coordinator, by email, mail or in person at Town of Mountain Village, 455 Mountain Village Blvd, Suite A, Mountain Village, CO, 81435.

        • Documents required for a complete application include:
          • Copies of all receipts for the purchase of unit.
          • HOA consent allowing the installation of the unit on the property.
          • Photos of completed facility including the enclosure and operable unit

Participants of the program will receive their rebate 45 days after approval.

Participating households must track and record the weight of compostable materials each time they access the unit for disposal and complete an annual report by December of each year to the Green Team Committee. Reporting details required include: details of the unit’s operation, weight and approximate volume of materials removed from the waste stream, weight and approximate volume of usable compost materials produced, purpose and use of the finished compost material, best practices for the operation of the unit.

            • If your in-vessel compost is 10-square feet or smaller, is only used for vegetative and/or animal waste, and the compost is not being sold for any fee, then the CDPHE DOES NOT require reporting.
            • If your composting structure is larger than 10-square feet or has open air elements, you will be required to report quantities and temperatures to the State of Colorado (CDPHE). They will ask you to follow their composting requirements by completing reporting requirements and providing additional documentation for the proposed composting structure.

For further assistance with this, please contact the CDPHE Solid Waste Materials Management Unit at (303) 692-3337

Contact Community Engagement Coordinator by email (970) 369-8236

Submit your Application


To receive a composting program rebate, please fill out the application below. Return applications to Zoe Dohnal, Community Engagement Coordinatore, 455 Mountain Village Blvd, Suite A or by email.

Compost Incentive Rebate Program Application

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