Electronics, phones and more accepted at recycling collection

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If you go

What: Community recycling drop-off

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday

Where: Meadows Parking Lot off Pine Grove Road

Use the side entrance off Bangtail Way (entrance to Trailhead Lodge) and check in. Recycling zones will be arranged in a circular pattern.

Some recyclables, including appliances containing Freon, will require a fee.

Online: View lists of rates for recyclables that require a fee at: www.yampavalleyrecycles.org and www.YVSC.org.

— It’s never easy to fork over a $20 bill for the privilege of recycling a dated little television set. But some residents will be able to tune in to a new era in recycling Saturday when Yampa Valley Recycles and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council host what they hope will be the biggest one-day drop-off recycling event Steamboat has ever seen.

Waste Management will kick off long-term collection of electronics bearing the Sony, LG, Zenith, Gold Star and Bose brands at no charge during the event.

“We’ve been recycling Sony up there at no charge for some time,” Waste Management spokeswoman Tiffiany Moeh­ring said. “We have partnerships with these additional companies, and now we’ll be accepting their electronics at our yard” going forward.

“We’re hoping that by raising awareness and enabling electronics recycling, it will become more convenient,” she said.

People may still recycle other brands of electronics for a fee.

Cell and office phones also will be collected at no charge Saturday. And in honor of America Recycles Day, residents can recycle old laptops at no charge, Saturday only, YVSC Coordinator Anne Mudgett said.

The big recycling drop-off day in the Meadows Parking Lot is for residential recyclers only. No commercial drop-offs will be accepted.

Mudgett said that in addition to the traditional recyclables accepted in green machines — paper, glass and plastics — residents may bring working and nonworking appliances of all brands (with fees attached), latex paint, motor oil, cooking oil, batteries, phone books, plastic bags, all kinds of fluorescent light bulbs, shredded paper, and fabric and clothing that can no longer be worn.

Twin Enviro Services will collect yard waste for composting, and Home Resource will collect building materials and redistribute them. Ski Haus will be on hand to recycle wine corks, shoes, and bike tires and tubes.

“It’s the most comprehensive collection we’ve done in a one-day event,” Mudgett said. “We’re happy with the number of partners we’ve brought in to collaborate on the event. It’s a great opportunity for residents.”

Twin Enviro’s Dave Epstein said the Give Bikes Back program would accept all bicycles for refurbishing. They’ll work with area bike shops to put cycles back on the road and put them in the hands of people of all ages who need them.

“We’d be happy to accept good bikes, but we’ll take any bike,” Epstein said. “We can take two old bikes and turn them into one better bike. We’ve put 300 bikes back into circulation.”

Comments

George Danellis 4 years, 1 month ago

Awesome work YVSC, WM Twin Enviro, YVR ++. Thanks for the article, Tom. Now let's use this blessing of an event and keep some toxic substances out of the Milner landfill.

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