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November 11, 2023 - FREE Fall Leaf Drop, 9am-Noon.  Bring your leaves and yard waste to be composted at our site - 9254 County Road 140 across from the Salida Airport.  Stay for a tour of our composting facility, check out the electric skid steer and more!!

Elements is going Electric!
August 2023 - We are working to reduce our operational carbon footprint and just purchased our first all-electric skid-steer loader - the Elise 900!!  This machine will be used daily to mix and turn compost, sift and load finished product, and lift and move anything heavy!


2022 Annual Report
Our biggest year yet with over 450 cubic yards diverted from the landfill! 
Read more...


Yard Waste Collection Event
Bring your leaves, stay for the party!
November 12, 2022 10am-2pm
9254 County Road 140 (across from the Salida Airport)
We are hosting our 2nd annual FREE fall drop-off event at our new location.  Bag up your leaves and yard waste (no branches please) and stay for a facility tour, snacks and arts & crafts for all ages.
Free reusable bags are available for Elements subscribers at the Salida and Buena Vista compost drop-off centers. Not a subscriber? Buy a compostable bag at the GARNA Office (209 E 3rd St, Salida) for $2.
For more information and to schedule a compostable bag pickup, email programs@garna.org or call (719) 539-5106.

Residential Drop-Off now available!

We're partnering with GARNA and Chaffee Green to offer compost drop-off points in Salida, Poncha Springs and Buena Vista.  Sign up today for 24/7 access!

Compost available for any time of the year!

We're producing product 12 months a year and fall is a great time to amend your beds - order a few bags of compost today to give your garden a boost!
Contact us today to schedule a pick-up in Salida or Poncha Springs!


November temps top 140 degrees
Despite frigid external temps below zero, the compost pile has maintained a core temperature between 90 & 140 degrees.  We even found a few sprouts and mushrooms enjoying the balmy temps!


BV City Market is EMC's first composting grocery store!
Summer 2019 - The City Market store in BV joined the composting team and is cranking out about 3 cubic yards of compost every week.


Gathering Grounds & Boathouse Cantina join the Composting Family
February 2019 - Two new businesses are reducing their carbon footprint by sending their food scraps, coffee grounds and compostable to-go boxes to EMC.


50 Burger is Composting
July 2016 - Salida's newest burger joint is cranking out over 60 gallons of food scraps for compost every week.  Try their fires and know that any unused scraps are going to good use!


Cafe Dawn On Board
April 2016 - Cafe Dawn joined the Elements Mountain Compost team of local contributors!  Their coffee grounds & kitchen scraps are helping build this season's compost!

Got Grapes?!
February 2016 - Vino Salida's spent grapes are perfect for composting and the smell will almost make you tipsy!


Heading to Shed-Fest 10.17.15
Find us at CCFA's annual harvest festival to dispose of your dinnerware and check out samples of our product's.  We'll be composting at the event and we'll have a booth with info and coupons for spring garden amendments.  Hope to see you there.


Hospital Top Composter of 2015!
Congratulations to Heart of the Rockies Medical Center for composting 900 gallons of food scraps this summer! We are always looking to sign more commercial kitchens up to save their scraps from going into the landfill.

We're Collecting
Commercial kitchen food scraps, wood chips and leaves!

News from the pile...



Now Hiring -Elements is offering a Paid Internship this spring/summer to focus on compost & biochar production, marketing, sales & application.  Read the position description & apply here.


New Customer Portal- current subscribers, check your email to set up your account and add payment info.  We will be cancelling all PayPal subscriptions and shifting to the new system 1/15/24.  Log in here.


New Compost Shop - purchase soil products and household composting supplies HERE!


2023 Annual Report- over 1,100 cubic yards of organic waste diverted from the landfill.  Check out the full report here!


March 7, 2024 - Green Drinks @Tres Litros with Ark Valley Energy Future. www.greendrinks.org/salida


January 7, 2024 - Green Drinks @ HighSide! Bar and Grill.  Learn about Chaffee Energy Code Updates.  www.greendrinks.org/salida


Fall 2023 Events
October 20 - Green Drinks at Elevation Beer Co, 6pm-8pm. 
Hear from Recycle Colorado about the state of waste diversion and get an update on the Chaffee County Sustainable Development Plan.
www.greendrinks.org/salida


October 28 - BioChar Demonstration, 9am-1pm.  GARNA, Western Colorado University, and Elements Mountain Compost are teaming up to bring a demonstration and discussion on the production and use of BioChar to improve soil health.