Green Corner: Being green while disposing of things in Grand County
Winter is around the corner and it’s always good to clean up the house and property before the snow hides everything. With that in mind, it’s good to know where one can get rid of stuff in a green way.
If you have children’s clothing or goods, New 2 U Children’s Consignment at 62 E. Agate Ave in Granby, takes your stuff and sells it for you with a percentage coming back to you for purchasing in store.
Have too many ski’s or upgraded your gear this year? Don’t throw it out. Take your excessive gear over to Winter Park Trading Company at 78902 US Highway 40 in Winter Park. They will put it on consignment and give you a percentage of the proceeds. They take all gear for all seasons, but presently, are taking winter products.
Have an old appliance hanging around? There are two places one can take metal these days. Waste Management takes it at the transfer station, but charges for the weight. Harms Excavating takes metal for free if you drop it off at their site located a 324 Grand Ave., Hot Sulphur Springs. They can come get it, but will charge you for the pick-up. Be sure whatever you are dropping is 85 percent metal, or they will not take it. With the commodity market down, they can’t pay for scrap metal; but when it comes back, they can and will. Drop off during business hours only and don’t drop off trash or plastic items. For pick up, call them at 970-725-3540 for pricing.
Have some old car batteries laying around? Both Carquest and Napa take batteries. Carquest takes them for free and Napa will pay you up to $7 for them. If you need a new one for your vehicle, make sure you bring it for a core exchange or it will cost up to $17.
On another front, it has been unfortunate that few of the auto parts stores take used motor oil along with batteries, but many do not. There is one place in the valley that will take it. Bills Auto takes used motor oil (only) in up to 5 gallon containers to be used in their oil burning heater. It’s not the most environmental way to dispose of it, but is way better than just dumping it. Make sure there is no anti-freeze, transmission fluid or any other contaminants in it or it will be turned away. Be sure you go there during business hours as well, for drop off. Their address is 62429 US 40, Granby or call them at 970-887-9414 for an appointment.
And on a final note; I just wanted to let you know of the different options for disposing of electronics. As of July 1, 2013 it has been illegal to throw away any e-waste. Locally, one can email Waste Management at email@example.com. or Jim Miller takes electronics with proceeds going towards his wife’s cancer recovery. His number is 970-281-2444. Check out their website for more info: Jim@electronicmill.com.
Thomas Harris is the board of directors of Infinate West.
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