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Time to empty the garage: The recycling center is open

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Tuesday dawned bright, clear and cold at the grand opening of Glenwood Springs’ new recycling center, located just up the street from Glenwood Springs Elementary School.

“It was 16 degrees here this morning!” exclaimed LadyHawke, who is overseeing the recycling center for the city of Glenwood Springs. “My teeth were chattering!”

Still, LadyHawke said plenty of people showed up at 10 a.m. when the center’s gates opened for its first day of business.

“Most people came from Glenwood, but we had a few people from Rifle and New Castle,” she said. “It’s a great time for people to recycle all of those Christmas catalogs.”

Some of the most appreciative patrons of the new center were “the guys from the Italian Underground,” LadyHawke said of the staff at the popular pasta restaurant located under the Grand Avenue bridge. “They told me they’ve been taking their recyclables to the South Canyon landfill three times a week. They’re delighted to have a center right in town.”

As of 1 p.m., about 30 people had filled out a voluntary survey for LadyHawke, detailing what they’d brought to the center and where they were from.

Lots of newspaper, magazines, glass bottles, flattened cardboard boxes ” and yes, holiday catalogs ” were slowly filling the four giant recycling bins sitting in the former Garfield County shop parking lot.

LadyHawke said out of all the materials the center is collecting for recycling, office paper had the least contributors Tuesday morning.

“It might be because a lot of offices have paper picked up,” she said, adding that small offices that aren’t currently having office paper recycled could reduce their trash output considerably by dropping off waste paper at the center.

As much as LadyHawke appreciates people bringing their recyclables to the center, she is adamant about what not to add to the bins. Plastic bags, for example, are not allowed, and can contaminate an entire bin if they get added into the mix, rendering the whole bin unusable for recycling.

Instead, she encourages people to recycle their plastic bags at area grocery stores, big-box stores and at thrift stores that can re-use the bags.

The center is free and is open to anyone who wants to drop off recycled material. LadyHawke noted the city isn’t making any money on its new venture. She said recycling, the way it’s currently set up, is not a money-maker for the city.

“It could be if it were re-structured,” she said, of Glenwood’s center, and of the recycling industry in general. “Right now, the city pays for this service, because that’s what ‘community’ is all about. It also keeps those materials out of the landfill, and that’s what’s most important.”

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518


Free and open to the public

1015 School St., 945-5375

– Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays

– Group recyclables into:

– Newspapers/magazines/glossy catalogs

– Office paper ” construction, blueprint, all colors, staples OK

– Tin and aluminum cans ” rinse out first

– Glass/plastic jugs ” numbers 1 and 2 (look on bottom of bottles and jugs)

– Broken down cardboard boxes/cereal boxes/paper bags

– The following are not recyclable at the center and can, in fact, contaminate the bins:

– Six-pack and/or 12-pack containers (they contain plastic)

– Plastic bags

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