Businesses honored for recycling efforts

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Yampa Valley Recycles will honor four local businesses for their recycling efforts at Tuesday's meeting of the Steamboat Springs City Council.

Barb Parnell, an administrator and educator with Yampa Valley Recycles, said that City Market, Yampa Valley Medical Center, The Ranch at Steamboat condominiums and the Soroco High School Green Team will receive plaques and will be recognized in front of the council.

"We decided to honor the businesses and organizations in our town that really do awesome with recycling," Parnell said.

Tuesday, she added, is "America Recycles Day" nationwide.

Parnell said City Market was selected for the cardboard bins it places outside its stores each time a new phone book is issued. The bins allow the public and organizations such as the post office, which has large amounts of phone books, to easily drop off and recycle old phone books. City Market hauls the phone books to a recycling location.

"That's huge for us," Parnell said.

Yampa Valley Medical Center will be commended for placing recycling bins throughout its hospital facility, having a "lug your mug" program that gives discounted beverages to people with their own containers, and placing proceeds from returned aluminum cans into a fund for employees.

Parnell praised The Ranch at Steamboat, as well.

"They have championed recycling at their site," she said. "There aren't many condominium associations in town that do recycling."

Parnell said The Ranch insisted that Aces High Services, which removes its trash, take its recycling, as well.

"Aces High does not do recycling for anyone else but them," Parnell said. Housekeepers at The Ranch will remove sorted recycling from residences, she said.

As for the Soroco High School Green Team, Parnell lauded the efforts of students who, guided by teacher Beth Faris, took initiative to fill a need.

"They have, for the last several years, on their own, started and funded recycling at the (South Routt) high school, middle school and elementary school," she said. "For a while, they were picking it up and hauling it themselves to the Waste Management Center on Downhill Drive."

Yampa Valley Recycles gives educational programs in area schools, issues a brochure of recycling guidelines that Parnell said would be mailed in the next few weeks, and has a Web site and hotline for recycling information.

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