Free recycling in Granby ends |

Free recycling in Granby ends

Sign announcing that Saturday will be the final day for recycling drop off at the Country Ace Hardware in Granby. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News | Sky-Hi News

GRANBY – Valley Recycling & Disposal has canceled its free recycling service.Previously, residents could drop off their recycling on Saturdays at bins provided in the parking lot of ACE Hardware in Granby, free of cost.The main reason behind the decision to pull the service appears to be financial.According to a sign left at the site: “Valley Recycling is no longer able to operate this drop site economically.”They may at one time have been looking for volunteers to help continue the service, but in the end it wasn’t enough. Representatives from Valley Recycling did not return calls for comment.It’s unclear as to whether anyone else will step in to continue that particular service.Amy Kaplanis of Country ACE Hardware estimates that more than 100 people came every weekend to use the free service provided by Valley Recycling & Disposal.”We’re hoping the town and county will step up and help out with this,” said Kaplanis. “We’re certainly more than willing to donate the space.”Though the bins are gone, ACE Hardware continues to offer free recycling services for rechargeable batteries, CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs, cell phones and ink cartridges. For a small fee, non-rechargeable batteries and long fluorescent tubes can also be recycled.There are no other free recycling services in Grand County. Each of the three alternatives requires a fee, which varies depending on the company and the service requested.”It’s hard to do for free,” said Dallas Timms, owner and operator of Curbside Recycling. “The prices go up and down so much, and fuel cost keeps rising.”All waste and recycling recovered in Grand County is driven to Denver or other locations, after the closure of the Grand County landfills in 2010.Alternatives for trash pick-up and recycling are Curbside Recycling, The Trash Company, or Waste Management.As for the space at ACE Hardware: “Stay tuned,” said Kaplanis. “Hopefully we can start it up again.”

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