Business is picking up at city’s new recycle center |

Business is picking up at city’s new recycle center

Ryan Graff
Special to the Post Independent
Post Independent Photo/Jim Noelker

GLENWOOD SPRINGS” A dirt lot with a bunch of green bins has become a pretty popular spot in Glenwood these days.

The Glenwood Springs Recycling Center opened just over a month ago, and has become more and more popular since.

“It’s extremely successful,” said Glenwood Springs recycling technician LadyHawke.

“The vast majority (of people) are extremely delighted that this is here,” said LadyHawke, between a steady stream of customers pulling into the lot to empty their recyclables into four giant green bins.

After only a month, LadyHawke already recognizes the regulars, and has seen an increase in customers.

When the center opened Jan. 13, about 30 people a day dropped off their recyclables. A month later, as many as 70 people a day come through the center, said LadyHawke.

“It does seem to be busy,” said Scott Weagraff, as he unloaded recyclables from the bed of his pickup.

Michael Onewing, of Glenwood Springs, has been coming to the center since the first week it was open. Like many people, she had been recycling before the center opened, but now uses Glenwood’s new center.

“We had been paying to have my recyclables picked up,” said Onewing.

“I think it’s a really great location,” she said of the new facility. “It’s allowed us to stop paying $6 a month.”

Weagraff, who lives near Harvey Gap between Rifle and Silt, had been recycling for a couple years, but his wife took their recyclables to Basalt until the Glenwood center opened.

“It’s a great idea, especially for an area like this,” said Weagraff.

For people who are new to recycling, LadyHawke is there to answer any questions and make sure that the right recyclables go in the right bin.

Victor Gabossi was on his first visit to the center and had a garbage bag full of plastic containers.

“My wife is the reason I do this,” he said, sorting through the plastic in the garbage bag. “It’s a lot easier to throw it in the trash.”

Not all of Gabossi’s plastic was recyclable, and he wasn’t sure how to figure it out.

“Well, let’s go through and I’ll show you,” said LadyHawke.

LadyHawke explained that the way to tell if the center accepts a certain kind of plastic is by looking at the number in the triangle on the bottom of the container. The center accepts any container marked with a “1” or “2.”

Even though it would have been easier for Gabossi to throw the recyclables in the trash, he knows it’s better to take them to the recycling center.

“My wife thinks we better all get on the bandwagon,” he said of recycling.

“She’s probably right.”

The center is at 10th Street and School Street, and is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It accepts plastic, aluminum and tin cans, newspaper and magazines, office paper and cardboard.

Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 534

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