The Green Corner: Grand County offers multiple recycling options
April 28, 2015
Welcome to The Green Corner. This is a new column offered by Infinite West that will be addressing Green ideas and facts that affect Grand County.
To start off, let me introduce Infinite West to you. We are 501c3 that has been around for over five years now. Our mission is to promote, encourage and support sustainability in Grand County through education and action.
Having introduced ourselves, welcome to spring! I want to start this column letting you know what we have already here in Grand County in the way of sustainability. Let's start with recycling, since everyone will be finding all kinds of goodies buried in the snow from last year.
Every Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Granby Ace parking lot, one can recycle one vehicle's worth of goods for $2. This service is provided by the town of Granby, ACE, City Market, GRRC (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Waste Management. Waste Management also takes recycling in their regular pick-up for an additional cost or it's free to drop off in Hot Sulphur with an account. The Trash Company also takes recycling.
Ace Hardware will take rechargeable batteries for free and regular batteries for a nominal cost. Ace also takes thermostats, compact fluorescent bulbs and American flags (Granby location only). None of these companyies/programs take plastic bags, but both City Market and Safeway have a bin at the front of their stores for drop off.
As far as up-cycling is concerned, Rocky Mountain Reuse Center is a place one can drop off used construction materials and purchase some for your house. Doors, cabinets, sinks, faucets, lumber and hardware can all be found there. The Resource is also a Terracycle drop off location and they take paired, reusable shoes, Colgate containers, and aluminum cans for the schools (please inform them it is for the school program). They are also a great place to drop off scrap steel. Be sure to call for anything else to be certain they take it.
For electronics, Jim Miller will pick them up from you and recycle them properly for a fee. Proceeds go to help his wife fight cancer. His number is 970-281-2444. Check out their website for more info: Jim@electronicmill.com. FYI, It is now illegal to throw away your electronics in the regular trash system, so let's all help keep those nasty heavy metals and toxins out of our water.
And finally, if you need to recycle oil, Green Thum Oil Recycling takes used motor oil. If you have 50 gallons or more, contact them and they will come extract it from your property. Otherwise, check out their website for a drop off location and phone: email@example.com.
Please take advantage of the services we have and may your spring cleaning bring you lots of satisfaction knowing that most, if not all, of your "trash" and junk gets recycled or up-cycled instead of just thrown away.
Thomas Harris is president of the Infinite West Board of Directors.