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PVC, chimney pipe and ‘clamshell containers’ not on the recycle list

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – PVC pipe is not accepted at the Glenwood Springs Recycle Center.

But that doesn’t mean that South Canyon Landfill Superintendent Doug Oliver doesn’t find it stuck in the commingle bin every once in a while. He’s even seen people try to recycle a piece of old chimney pipe, used in fireplace chimneys.

That is not accepted at the recycle center either.

“Our problem is not that people don’t want to recycle, our problem is that some of them are too gung-ho about it,” Oliver said.

But Oliver does not discourage people from getting rid of old PVC pipe, or chimney pipe. He simply says to just take it to the South Canyon Landfill, where it can be disposed of properly.

While there is no recycling available for PVC pipe, Oliver said that the landfill is able to sort out metal materials, like the chimney pipe, and send them out to be recycled.

And while some things are still not accepted at the recycle center, some new changes were made starting last year that allow recycle centers around the nation to accept a lot more plastics than before.

Oliver’s advice for what is, and what is not accepted, is simple: “If you’re not sure, ask.”

Because there are a lot of things that people try to recycle that are not accepted.

The recycle center used to only accept #1 and #2 beverage bottles, however, for close to a year now, it has accepted #1-7 plastic bottles and tubs. That includes things such as yogurt containers and butter tubs, according to Oliver.

According to ecocycle.org, the reason for the change was due to increases in the price of oil and increasing global demand for materials, mainly off-shore demand for recycled plastics has increased. That increased demand opened the domestic markets to accept the once forbidden plastics.

“A lot of people kept putting them in there before anyway, but it was not acceptable,” Oliver said.

However, other plastic products – what Oliver referred to as “clamshell containers,” – like the plastic salad bar containers you get at the local deli, are still not accepted. Five-gallon buckets are not on the list and other products like empty motor oil containers and antifreeze jugs, because of the contents, are still not accepted either.

He said that products like that still have to go to the landfill.

“That is the point of the landfill,” he said. “The other part of the recycling center, other than helping to save the environment, is to preserve the life of the landfill.

“The longer we can keep the current landfill open, the better off we all are,” he said.

The Glenwood Springs Recycle Center is currently open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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