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Win One Month Free Trash Service Several lucky residential customers will receive one month of free trash service for finding their names in this newsletter! If you find your name, call our Customer Service Department at 303-444-2037 to receive credit on your account for one month of free service. Sorry, names mentioned as part of the stories are not eligible.

Holiday Schedule For up-to-date information about our holiday schedule, call our Holiday Hotline at 303-448-2280 or look it up at www.westerndisposal.com. The following holidays are observed by Western Disposal: • • • • • •

Memorial Day............May 27, 2013 Independence Day .......July 4, 2013 Labor Day ..................Sept. 2, 2013 Thanksgiving Day .....Nov. 28, 2013 Christmas Day ..........Dec. 25, 2013 New Year’s Day.............Jan. 1, 2014

Online Billing Don’t forget we offer convenient online billing and payment options. Eliminate paper invoices and have the peace of mind of automatic payments – or make instant one-time payments. Visit www.westerndisposal.com and click Billing and Payment.

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New Electronics Law Takes Effect July 1, 2013 In our 2012 state legislative session, a new law was passed based on SB12-133 that will ban consumer landfill disposal of certain electronic devices after July 1, 2013. The law also requires responsible recycling by state agencies. The law was passed to encourage recycling of electronics to help protect the Colorado environment. Kurt and Marta Pyatt. Current Colorado law already prohibits businesses from disposing of these items with their trash. What does this mean to you? After July 1, 2013, Colorado residents will no longer be able to place the following electronics in their trash for disposal: n

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Electronic books

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DVD players

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Notebooks

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Laptops

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Video display devices

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Netbooks

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Televisions

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Computer monitors

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Slates and tablets

Any electronic device with a cathode ray tube or a flat panel screen larger than 4 inches

Western will no longer be able to collect these items with our trash collection vehicles after that date. Electronic devices that are not included in the landfill ban include: n n n n n

Devices that are part of a motor vehicle Microwave oven or conventional oven or range Dehumidifier or air purifier Exercise equipment Clothes dryer or washer

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Other business, commercial and industrial devices and touch screen displays used for diagnostics, monitoring and control

Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners are not included in the ban; however, Western cannot collect these items with the regular trash due to separate regulations regarding Freon containing appliances. John Tredeaux. Separate fee-based collection services are available for these appliances, and we also accept them for a fee at our Trash and Recycle Center located at 5880 Butte Mill Road in Boulder. Boulder County currently has two permanent electronics drop-off facilities: Western Disposal’s Trash and Recycle Center located at 5880 Butte Mill Road and the Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials (CHaRM) sponsored by the city of Boulder and located at 5030 Old Pearl St. Fees do apply at both facilities. Communities throughout Boulder County and Broomfield County also provide special electronics collection days. Check with your local community for existing programs or new programs that may develop due to the new Colorado state law. We will provide information again regarding the new electronics law in our spring newsletter to remind you of the changes coming July 1, 2013. In the interim, please be environmentally responsible and recycle your electronics at Western or CHaRM.


Shred-It Results Thank you for attending our free shredding events in 2012. Western’s three free shredding days were again a big success. We shredded and recycled 77,440 lbs. of material—a 28% increase over our 2011 volume! Over 1900 vehicles came, also a 28% increase over 2011. Thanks to you and the volume of paper materials recycled, the following resources were saved: n n n

640 trees* 256,000 gallons of water* 6,400 gallons of gasoline*

We will be scheduling three more events next year with our partner Shred-It. Look for an announcement of the 2013 dates in our spring newsletter. See you next year! *Source: US Environmental Protection Agency

Buy Your Raffle Tickets Now! This year to raise money for Crayons to Calculators, Western Disposal and Transwest Truck and Trailer are donating a 2013 Buick Verano to be raffled. Raffle tickets will be sold for $200 each or six for $1000. The tickets will be available at several locations including the Transwest Truck and Trailer locations in Frederick (7550 E I-25 Frontage Rd) and Henderson (7911 E 96th Avenue) and at the Western Disposal administrative offices (5880 Butte Mill Rd in Boulder). Crayons to Calculators is a program under Impact on Education, a non-profit organization, and provides backpacks and school supplies for children in need in Boulder Valley and St. Vrain Valley school districts; an estimated 15,000-20,000 children qualify for a backpack. For the 2012-2013 school year, Crayons to Calculators was able to provide backpacks to over 8,000 students. James M Fudge and Donna Hamilton. Our goal for 20132014 is to provide backpacks to 8,500 students! For information, contact Deb Dabkowski at 303-448-2308.

Extra Trash Stickers TO REORDER: 303-444-2037 www.westerndisposal.com Extra Trash Recycling Saves Prepaid Tag You Money!

If you have weekly residential trash service and have extra bags of trash to set out on your collection day, you have two options to pay for additional trash: 1) purchase prepaid stickers for $3.30 each and attach one to each 32-gallon bag of trash; or 2) set extra bags out without a sticker and $4.35 per 32-gallon bag will be charged to your account. There is a 25% savings if you purchase the prepaid stickers. See purchasing options below. If you live in Lafayette or Louisville, prepaid stickers are only available for purchase from the city offices. The price of the stickers is determined by the city. Stickers can be acquired by contacting Western Disposal via the options in the box below; minimum purchase of five unless purchased in person.

E-Minders Subscribe to Western Disposal’s E-Minders Program. This program sends you e-mail reminders of upcoming holidays, programs and other useful information. You can join by calling us at 303-444-2037 or on our web site at www.westerndisposal.com.

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Winter 2013 Western Disposal Newsletter