Steamboat Springs New, shiny and bolted solidly into the Lincoln Avenue sidewalk are 22 permanent recycle bins that can weather the Yampa Valley winters.
On Wednesday morning, members of the Leadership Steamboat Class of 2012 installed the receptacles along Lincoln Avenue in culmination of their community service project.
The group of 20 launched the recycle project to help jump-start year-round recycling in downtown Steamboat.
Leadership Steamboat member Garrett Smith said the previous plastic receptacles were only temporary and not available year-round.
“Generally, we’re trying to be a green community, and this is another step toward achieving that,” he said.
Leadership Steamboat is a 20-year-old leadership training program facilitated by the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Colorado Mountain College.
The metal bins cost $1,500 each, and Leadership Steamboat was responsible for raising the $33,000 required for the project.
Local businesses and organizations contributed and were named on plaques attached to each bin. The bins are emblazoned with labels detailing what can be recycled.
The new recycle bins were approved by Steamboat Springs City Council and will be maintained by the city of Steamboat Springs, Yampa Valley Recycles and Waste Management.
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