Free recycling returns to Granby with no need to sort
September 13, 2012
Free recycling returns to Ace Hardware in Granby starting Saturday, Sept. 22, without the need to separate recyclable materials.With six yes votes and one no vote, the board of trustees for the town of Granby approved funding totaling $1,400, to reinstate the free recycling program.The $1,400 will pay for the operation, which will cost $400 a month, for the remainder of the year.Waste Management has agreed to provide the recycling services at cost, meaning they are not seeking to make a profit for providing the service.Waste Management’s District Manager for the region, Kevin Richards, is a Grand Lake resident and wanted to step up to reinstate the free recycling program at Ace.”I’m glad the program came back so quickly and I’m glad that everybody stepped up to get this done,” said Nancy Franz, secretary for Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition.The coalition will be providing volunteers for the new program to help people understand the new recycling process and to show people what can and can’t be recycled.The old recycling program was run by Valley Recycling & Disposal and was shut down due to inability to keep the program profitable.Valley Recycling & Disposal, prior to stopping the program, would take the recyclable materials that were left at the site on Saturdays and then sell them. The price of commodities has recently taken a serious dip to nearly half the price of what they had been.While the dip in the price of commodities impacted the old program, it shouldn’t have an impact on the new program.Waste Management will be acting purely as a hauler for the new program. However to make the operation sustainable, Waste Management requires compensation for the price of hauling and depositing the materials to the transfer station, which is where the town of Granby stepped in.Waste Management will place six, 6-yard containers at the Ace Hardware, double what was there before, and will haul the recyclable materials to the transfer station in the county, which will then transport the material to a single stream recycling plant in Denver.Single-stream recycling is a newer process of recycling where separation of materials on the consumer side of the operation is not required.Recyclable materials that are sent to the Denver plant are sorted by a high-tech system of conveyer belts, magnets, and other devices.Most household recyclables will be accepted through the program including: cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, glass, and aluminum and steel cans.While the single stream recycling will eliminate the need for the consumer to sort the recyclable materials, there are some things the system will not accept.Plastic bags of any kind can not be run through the single stream recycling plant because they can get caught in the moving parts of the sorting system. No heavy metals or batteries will be accepted through the site either. However, most of these materials can be recycled through other places in the county.