GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - While recycling may not be the norm in the Grand Valley, the movement is growing with residents who care. And, opportunities are available for locals who want to get involved.
"This is the time of year it would be valuable for people to recycle," said Audrey Barrett, a Grand Junction acupuncturist who organized a coalition of recycling professionals and businesses to put an ad in last week's Grand Junction Free Press.
The ad in the Nov. 16 edition contained helpful information and resources about how individuals in the Grand Valley can start recycling.
"I think there's a need for educating," Barrett said.
Being a practitioner of natural medicine, Barrett feels a need to be "one with our environment." She draws parallels between sustainable, healthy practices in the body and similar practices in consumer habits with the environment.
"I'm passionate about well-being, with our bodies and with the Earth," she said.
While Barrett says that a level of commitment is required for recycling, getting involved isn't hard. One of the easiest ways to start recycling in the Grand Valley is to bring your recyclable materials to Grand Junction Curbside Recycling Indefinitely (GJ CRI) at 333 West Ave. in Grand Junction. The facility accepts all sorts of recyclable materials for no charge and is open Monday through Saturday.
Steve Foss, owner of GJ CRI, said that the company started in 1990 as a volunteer service with one pickup truck and a 1,400 square-foot building. Now, their paid team of 14 recycles as much material in their 4,000 square-foot facility in two weeks as they did in their first year of operation.
GJ CRI also offers a once-a-month residential recycling pick-up service for $21 a year, as well as twice-a-month service in certain areas for $25 a year.
In July of 2013, electronic waste like old computers, televisions and other electronics will be banned from Colorado landfills. According to the Denver Post, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill enforcing the ban earlier this year. GJ CRI offers electronic recycling for a small fee.
"Everybody is ready," Barrett said. "People are aware."
Barrett noted that word of mouth with a general spread of information is necessary to compel interested individuals to recycle.
"It's important that it's easy," Barrett said, "Especially when people have that information."
To find out more about the services offered and materials accepted by GJ CRI, you can check out www.gjcri.com.