Multi-partner recycle event is Saturday/ ‘Free’ recycling isn’t free
GRANBY – America Recycles Day was on Nov. 15, and in celebration of the national event organized by Keep America Beautiful and supported by such corporations as Waste Management, a major recycling event is taking place in Granby on Saturday.Twice a year, recycling coordinators conduct a Community Recycling Day at the Country Ace Hardware in Granby to allow for the recycling of items besides the usual haul of beer bottles, newspapers, milk cartons and soup cans.This bi-annual effort, in coordination with America Recycles Day, will be accepting hard-to-dispose items, everything from appliances to car batteries, as well as household recyclables. Waste Management, which provides the bins at the site, is helping to sponsor the event.Waste Management hopes to “encourage recycling awareness across the country,” said local Waste Management Route Manager Sue Johnson. The Rocky Mountain Re-Source & Re-Use Center and First Class Automotive, both of Granby, are also taking part in this Saturday’s event by collecting items such electronics and used tires. On the America Recycles Day website – americarecyclesday.org – citizens can pledge to find out what materials are being collected for recycling in their communities and reduce personal waste by recycling more. In Grand County, citizens have several options for recycling, whether curbside, at the transfer station, at businesses, or area drop-off sites (see accompanying information). Although “free” recycling opportunities may exist, coordinators stress the message: “Free recycling is not free.” At the Country Ace Hardware in Granby, a recycling drop-off site available on Saturdays is gaining in popularity, according to Nancy Franz, secretary of the Grand Resource and Recycling Coalition nonprofit. But this “free” recycling opportunity of household recyclables is actually supported by the town of Granby to the tune of $400 a month, which doesn’t completely cover the cost of the tonnage, Franz said. So the Recycle Coalition makes an effort each Saturday to collect donations from the site’s users. “Everybody’s willing, but not everyone can afford a donation,” Franz said. The Saturday recycling effort averages about 3 tons a week, she said.From casual surveys conducted at the site since it re-opened Sept. 22, France has deduced that about 15-17 percent of users at the site are from the Grand Lake area, equal to about the number of users from the Fraser Valley. About 2 percent of recyclers visiting the site are from Parshall, Hot Sulphur Springs and outlying areas. Citizens from Granby make up the largest group of users, she said.The Town of “Granby has been very generous,” Franz said of the town’s budgeted contribution continuing in 2013. The Recycling Coalition meanwhile has been visiting other towns in the county during the budget season in hopes of gaining more support for the Saturdays recycling site, a site Ace Hardware donates. Volunteers such as high school students aiming to gain community service hours help unload recyclable from cars and help to educate citizens about not tossing plastic bags in with single-stream loads. Plastic bags can get caught in the sorting machinery at the Franklin Recovery Facility in Denver, the Waste Management operation where recyclables are hauled from Grand County. For this reason, a separate bin for plastic bags is available at the Granby site. The bags are then accepted by City Market of Granby for recycling, Franz said.Johnson reminds citizens the Granby recycling site is available to residential users only.”There are lots of affordable recycling options for businesses,” she said. She encourages commercial users to seek them out, rather than jeopardize the Saturday recycling opportunity available to the public.- Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603Community Recycling DayWhen: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17Where: Country Ace Hardware, Granby What: Besides household recycling of No. 1-7 plastic, cardboard, paperboard, phone books, newspapers, office paper, junk mail, any glass bottles or jars, aluminum foil and cans, tin and steal cans, and waxy cartons such as dairy and juice containers, the following items will be accepted (many for a fee): Electronics and computer equipment; tires, refrigerators and freezers; washers, dryers, stoves, water heaters, car batteries; scrap metal; CFL bulbs, rechargeable batteries, thermostats, cell phones, MP3s, PDAs, Empty inkjet, laser cartridges, American flags, dry cell batteries, fluorescent tubes, common household recycling.Recycling options in Grand CountyCurbside Recycling970-531-9971, http://www.curbsidegrandcounty.com• Residential, second home and small businesses curbside recyclingThe Trash Company 970-627-8531, http://www.The-Trash-Company.com• Commercial single-stream recycling• Construction materialRecycling drop-off at The Granby Transfer Station, 723 County Rd. 612 GranbyFree recycling drop off on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon for Kremmling residents at Tri River Ace Building SupplyWaste Management 970-725-3975, http://www.wm.com• Commercial recycling – single stream & cardboard• Free recycling drop-off for Waste Management customers at 321 E. Byers Ave. Hot Sulphur Springs Residential curbside single-stream recycling for Waste Management customers in Fraser, Winter Park, Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs Fraser and Tabernash• Sponsors free household recycling for general public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the Country Ace Hardware in GranbyRecycling of miscellaneous materialCity Market, 970-887-7140, Granby• Plastic bagsAlpine West Business Products, 970-887-2424, 244 E. Agate Ave. Granby• Ink cartridge recycling (free)Carquest Auto Parts, 970-887-2111, 62487 U.S. Highway 40, Granby• Automotive/equipment batteries; scrap metal; used motor oilCountry ACE Hardware, 970-887-3395, 627 W. Agate Ave. Granby• Free recycling of rechargeable batteries; Cell phone batteries; Thermostats; Compact fluorescents• Free household recycling for general public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on SaturdayFraser Valley ACE Hardware, 970-726-5000, 425 Zerex, Fraser• Free recycling of compact fluorescents; Rechargeable batteries; ThermostatsGrand E Cycle, 970-531-0395, http://www.grandecycle.com• Electronics & computer recycling drop-off at The Granby Transfer Station, 723 County Rd. 612, GranbyKopy Kat Office, 970-887-3320, at both Granby & Winter Park locations• Free recycling of ink cartridges; recycling of packing peanutsNAPA Auto Parts, 970-887-2568, 240 W. Agate Ave. Granby• Automotive and equipment batteriesRadio Shack, 970-726-9140, 503 Zerex St., Fraser• Free recycling of rechargeable batteries, cell phones/batteries and ink cartridgesTri River ACE Building Supply 970-724-9325, 720 Tyler Ave. Kremmling• Free recycling of rechargeable batteries; Recycling of CFLsRocky Mountain Re-Source & Re-Use Center, 970-531-7932, 19 Ten Mile Drive/Po Box 709, Granby Co. 80446, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, visit them on facebook.• Appliances and anything with a cord; usable building materials.• TVs/monitors/ refrigerators for a $20-$25 fee Additional Recycling Resources• East Grand Schools Recycling Fundraiser. Donate used consumer electronics. Call 970-726-3355 for information.Tires/used oil: Contact your local mechanic- Source: Updated from a list by The Grand Resource and Recycle Coalition: grandresourcerecyclecoalition.wordpress.com
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