Glenwood Springs Recycle Center sees some changes
Post Independent Intern
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Glenwood Recycle Center has seen some changes in the last few months. But don’t worry: All of them should make it easier, not harder, to bring in materials to recycle.
The center is accepting a variety of new materials. The newest of these is plastics. Formerly, it was only able to accept plastics labeled one and two. Now, it is accepting plastics from one to seven, as long as they are smaller than a five-gallon bucket.
Brandon Champion, the Recycle Center supervisor, says that change is due to a new materials recovery center in Wolcott, being built by Eagle County. “When they finish that, all our recyclables will go there,” Champion said.
Currently, the center sends all materials to a center operating in Grand Junction. That center just began accepted plastics numbered three through seven as well. However, the new center in Wolcott should make transportation easier. Champion said, “The closer you are to a metro area, the more avenues there are for plastics.”
Since Champion began working there a year ago, the center has begun accepting a variety of new materials. These include:
• cell phones
• household (alkaline) batteries
• bubblewrap and Styrofoam peanuts
• egg cartons
Cell phones and egg cartons brought to the center have a direct local impact. Cell phones are given to the Advocate Safehouse, and egg cartons are given to local poultry farmers who stop by to pick them up.
The other change that the center is seeing is in its hours. This summer, it will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This marks a change from the spring hours, when the center was open earlier in the day.
Brandon Champion, the center supervisor, says the intention behind the shift in hours is “to accommodate the people who work from 8 to 5.” Keeping the center open until six should give people who work more time to come and drop off their recyclables.
That being said, Champion has seen some very devoted recyclers at the center. “I did have people down here on their lunch breaks in ties, all gussied up,” he says. The same thing is true for the weather.
“I have people – it doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, or blowing – they’ll be here,” says Champion. However, the summer does seem to draw in more recyclers, and he says that the turnout does seem to increase as the weather improves.
“It’s feast or famine out here,” says Champion, referring to one occasion on which there were 48 cars in the parking lot. Perhaps the changes in hours and accepted materials will give the center a little bit more to feast on.
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