How much compost do I need?
- A1 Organics has a great compost calculator located on their website, https://a1organics.com/yardage-weight-calculator/. Be sure to set the product to “EcoGro” and the calculator will let you know how many cubic yards or bags of Denver’s Own EcoGro™ Compost you will need for your project.
- The average Denver Urban Gardens (DUG) community garden plot is 10’ x 15.’ You would need 3 bags of Denver’s Own EcoGro™ Compost to cover the plot with ¼” of compost, or, 12 bags to cover it with 1” of compost.
How much does compost weigh?
Compost is heavy! One bag, or one cubic foot, of compost weighs between 35-40 pounds. If you buy 10 bags, that’s up to 400 pounds of compost in your car! Once cubic yard (which is the same volume as 27 bags of compost) weighs roughly 1,100 pounds. A1 Organics’ compost calculator can calculate compost weights for you: https://a1organics.com/yardage-weight-calculator/.
Where can I get bags of compost on May 1?
New this year, bags of compost are being sold at Ace Hardware locations instead of the Havana Nursery. The four Ace Hardware stores included in this event (Alameda Station, Cherry Creek, Tamarac Square, and University Hills) are honoring our $5/bag ( tax) pricing that we've historically offered at this on-day event. So, instead of just one location, you can buy discounted bags of Denver's Own EcoGro™ Compost at four locations this year. Outside of this one-day event, this same compost is available at the regular retail price ($6.99 per bag) at all participating metro area Ace Hardware stores.
Where can I buy bulk compost on May 1st?
New as of this year, bulk compost is sold at A1 Organics locations instead of the Havana Nursery. Instead of just one location, you have the choice of two Denver-area locations to purchase this compost. And best of all, the pricing at these A1 Organics locations is better than it has been in past years. Bulk compost pricing is $30 per cubic yard instead of $35 per cubic yard! There is a 1 cubic yard minimum on bulk compost purchases.
Is there ‘dig-your-own’ compost offered at this event?
No. There is no ‘dig-your-own’ compost option at this event. Bags of compost are available at Ace Hardware locations and bulk compost is sold by the cubic yard at A1 Organics locations (loaded into your vehicle using a front end loader).
Can I get bags of Denver's Own EcoGro™ Compost at Ace Hardware stores other than the four included in this event on May 1?
Yes, bags of Denver's Own EcoGro™ Compost are always available at participating Ace Hardware stores for $6.99 per bag. The four stores included in this one-day event are offering the $5 pricing for May 1st ONLY!
I'm a Denver Composts customer. Why don't I get free compost?
It takes resources to turn our waste (food scraps and yard debris) into a resource (compost) that can be used in our yards. The fees collected for the Denver Composts program cover the costs of providing customers with a green compost collection cart and kitchen pail, and the cost of collecting organic material from Denver homes, transporting this material to the compost processor, and the composting process itself. If Denver Composts were to offer compost to program participants, this cost would have to be passed along to the consumer in the form of a higher subscription fee. To keep costs as low as possible for participants, Denver Recycles has chosen to not provide finished compost to its customers free of charge. Denver Composts' customers may purchase discounted bulk and pre-bagged compost at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale. Outside of this on-day event where compost is offered at discounted rate, compost can be purchased throughout the season at regular retail pricing. The pre-bagged Denver’s Own EcoGro™ Compost can be found at participating metro-area Ace Hardware stores and bulk compost can be found at A1 Organics’ retail yards.