Aces High now offers curbside recycling, trash service in Steamboat

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— As of April 1, there is another curbside recycling and trash service in Steamboat Springs.

Aces High Services, based in Steamboat, began offering the service this month after more than a decade of trash removal work in Routt County.

Aces High owner Steve Weinland, who also owns Royal Flush, a portable toilet company, said the company offers single-stream recycling with curbside service, which means paper, glass, plastics, aluminum and waxy cartons are accepted and later sorted.

“It’s an educational process for people, what you can and can’t do,” he said about single-stream recycling. “It’s all hand sorted, it just goes down a long conveyor belt, with people looking for a certain product.”

He said he brings his collections to Alpine Waste & Recycling on the Front Range that has the capability to sort the waxy cartons, which not all U.S. facilities are able to recycle.

According a news release this week from Waste Management and Yampa Valley Recycles, 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.

“They’ve developed markets for their end product,” Weinland said. “Industry is finding more uses for recycled process. Industry is caught up, and they have the machinery and wherewithal to take these products.”

Waste Management also offers curbside single-stream recycling in Steamboat. It announced this week its facilities now could sort the waxy cartons that include milk, juice and ice cream containers.

Old West Sanitation offers curbside trash and recycling service in Steamboat, as well, and accepts paper, corrugated cardboard, paperboard, glass, aluminum and plastics Nos. 1 and 2.

Emilie Rogers, administrator of Yampa Valley Recycles, said the ability of local services like Waste Management and Aces High to recycle waxy cartons is a boon to local recycling efforts.

“I think the biggest benefit is going to be through the schools,” she said. “There’s so many milk cartons that have been thrown away. With having this capability for the children to recycle their containers, it’s going to save on a lot of waste. It’s one more thing us as residential customers can put in our recycling.”

To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@ExploreSteamboat.com

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