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New Recycling Facility Proving To Be A Welcome Addition To The Estes Park Community It’s been game-on at the new Estes Park Residential Recycle Center since it opened on May. 1 and by all reports recycling volume is up and unwanted contamination is down. With three large metal storage bins available for residents

by Waste Management, is located at 640 Elm Road. There is now a safe and secure area on-site designated specifically for recycling. When you pull up to the entrance gate, the attendant will direct you where to go. Materials deposited at the Estes Park Residential Recycling Center will be taken to a WM materials recovery facility (MRF) in Denver where they will be sorted. So, you don’t need to separate your paper, plastics, metals and cardboard. However, it remains important to only put clean and accepted materials into the recycle bins. Here are a few reminders for proper Community recycling bins at the Estes Park Residential Recy- recycling practices. cle Center, located at 640 Elm Road in Estes Park, are open to - Keep it Clean: Be the public Tues., Wed., Thurs. and Sat. from 8 am to noon and sure all recyclable 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. materials are free of food residue. Metal food cans should be rinsed out and the to drive up to and unload clean housegreasy cardboard of a pizza box should hold recyclable materials into, Waste be thrown in the trash not recycled. Management (WM) reports there has - Paper: All sorts of paper is recyclable been a steadily growing number of residents utilizing the new recycling dropoff center. During the third week of operation, more than 560 vehicles came through the center with recyclables to drop off. “What we are hearing again and again from people is surprise, and comments like: ‘There is no line.’ and ‘It’s so clean.’” said Jason Gillette, a heavy equipment operator for Waste Management who has been at the recycling center assisting people with unloading their recycling and helping to spread the word about clean recycling practices. Each of the large, metal community recycling bins at the center has an opening for people to easily deposit items directly into. Since recyclables should never be bagged up, many people find it easiest to bring open bags or containers filled with loose recyclable and dump the materials directly into the opening of the large recycling bins. To save time, WM reminds people to break cardboard boxes flat and cut them down to a size that will fit through bins’ 20-inch opening. “We are working to make this recycling center a shining example of how zero contamination is possible and have Estes Park recycling efforts become a leading example for other community recycling programs,” said Todd Noe, district manager for Waste Management of Colorado. “The people making the effort to collect their recyclable and come to the center to deposit them are clearly committed to environmental sustainability. We applaud their efforts and encourage others to follow suit.” The new recycling facility, which is owned by Larimer County and operated

better to throw it away than risk contamincluding office paper, junk mail, newsinating viable recyclables. For more info papers and magazines. Used napkins, tissues and shredded paper are, however, about recycling, visit not recyclable. - Metal: Clean metal food cans and aluminum drink cans are endlessly recyclable so keep them coming. Metal paint cans, aerosol cans and propane tanks are NOT recyclable. - Plastic: Clean plastic bottles and jugs are recyclable. Plastics that should never be put in a recycle bin include plastic bags, plastic bubble wrap and clamshell containers (the kind pre-prepared food or a pint fresh berries are packaged in). Foam cups and food containers are also a no-no for recycling. - Cardboard: Both corrugated cardboard boxes and the paper-board boxes (the kind that cereal and crackers are packaged) in are recyclable. Remember to take the plastic inserts out of food Jason Gillette, working the recycling center for Waste boxes before you recycle the Management, helps a resident unload a car full of recardboard. cyclable. Transporting recyclables to the center in - When In Doubt, Throw It bags is acceptable, but it’s important to remember to Out: If you aren’t sure if open the bags and dump the contents into the bins something is recyclable, it is then take the empty plastic bags home to reuse.

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