Recycle center opening |

Recycle center opening

January 9, 2004 Glenwood Springs Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Earth healer and recycling tech LadyHawke encourages everyone to do their share to conserve resources by recycling.

But she also asks people to be careful about what they put into the big green bins.

The city government’s recycling center is finished and will open for business Tuesday, supervised by the city’s newest part-time employee, LadyHawke.

“I’ve been a recycler forever,” she said, “but now I’m learning the real information about it.”

The center, located a block south of Glenwood Springs Elementary School at 1015 School St., the former Garfield County shops, will open its gates at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The center will stay open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The center will take:

– Newspapers ” including glossy inserts, magazines and catalogs.

– Office paper ” including construction, blueprint and computer paper, and paper shopping bags.

– Cardboard and corrugated boxes ” including cereal boxes.

– Plastics No. 1 and No. 2 ” including plastic laundry soap bottles. The numbers are located at the bottom of the plastic container inside the triangular recycling symbol.

– Aluminum and tin cans.

– Green, brown and clear glass bottles and jars.

LadyHawke will be on-site whenever the center is open. City crews made her a little office in one of the old county maintenance buildings.

“I want to have some literature out there so the things we can’t take, we can tell people where to take them,” she said.

While LadyHawke is excited about supervising the center, she urges people to be careful what they place into the containers.

“We need to make sure the things that go into the recycling center are recyclable,” she said.

Just a few wrong items can contaminate a whole load, making it unusable and unsellable.

“I read a story about where someone put a golf ball in and it shut down the machinery for half a day,” LadyHawke said. “They couldn’t figure out what it was.”

One no-no is the paperboard containers that hold six-packs and 12-packs of beverages. That paperboard contains plastic to keep it from getting soggy as it goes in and out of the cold depths of a refrigerator. The plastic renders it useless to recyclers, she said.

“If you’ve got recyclables, put them there. If not, put them in the trash,” she said.

LadyHawke also suggested at least rinsing out food and drink containers “so they don’t stink.”

To help people figure out where to put each type of recyclable, each of the containers is marked.

“And I’m also there,” LadyHawke said.

From the recycling center, the discarded materials will be shipped to a center in Grand Junction, where they’re shipped all over to plants where those materials are reconstituted.

For more information on the center, or recycling in general, take some empties down to the center and ask LadyHawke what’s up.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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