Photo by John F. Russell
Steve Johnson, district operations manager for Waste Management, shows just a few of the items that now can be recycled in Steamboat Springs.
Steamboat Springs Waste Management, in partnership with the local Yampa Valley Recycles program and the nationwide Carton Council, now is accepting empty cartons in single-stream recycling bins and Green Machine containers.
The waxy cartons that commonly are used for milk, orange juice and ice cream weren’t accepted at local recycling facilities until recently.
“We are excited that Waste Management and the Carton Council are providing carton recycling in the Yampa Valley,” said Yampa Valley Recycles administrator Emilie Rogers in a news release. “This opportunity makes it more convenient for Yampa Valley residents to divert more recyclable material from the landfill.”
Waste Management spokesperson Lara Rezzarday said Tuesday that recent upgrades to regional facilities that process Steamboat Springs’ recyclables have allowed the cartons.
“In addition, our partnership with the Carton Council has helped to secure partners that will create new recycled products from recycled cartons, thus closing the loop and making recycling sustainable and successful,” Rezzarday wrote in an email.
According to the Carton Council’s website, once they’re sorted, cartons are mixed with water and blended to extract the paper fiber. The paper fiber then can be used to make a range of products, from office paper and tissues to building materials.
According to the news release, only 18 percent of U.S. households had access to carton recycling programs in 2008. Access has more than doubled to 37 percent of households since then, with more than 1 in 3 households now able to recycle cartons.
Recyclable through Waste Management
■ Aluminum, steel and tin
■ Magazines, including catalogs with stapled bindings and phone books
■ Office paper/junk mail, no neon colors
■ Paperboard, including pizza, cereal and noodle boxes
■ Plastics: Nos. 1 to 7.
Not recyclable through Waste Management
■ Aerosol cans
■ Biodegradable plastics
■ Ceramic items such as coffee cups or plates
■ DVDs, CDs, or cassettes
■ Food-soiled cardboard
■ Frozen juice containers
■ Medical waste such as syringes, etc.
■ Pesticide, motor oil or paint containers
■ Plastic shopping bags
■ Textiles such as clothing, carpeting or fabric
To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com