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Support for recycle center speaking volumes

An experiment in Glenwood Springs is providing an encouraging preliminary finding: Build it, and they shall recycle.

Two weeks into its operation, the city’s new recycling center is a popular gathering place. Thirty to 50 people a day are making a point to load up their recyclables and find their way to the secluded School Street collection bins.

There, a part-time city staffer named LadyHawke enthusiastically oversees things, ensuring that items are properly separated and prepared for recycling, or not left at the center if they can’t be accepted.



Judging by the numbers, users of the facility are enthusiastic about it as well. Finally, people have a central, in-town place to recycle.

Local trash haulers accept recycling, but not all of the items that the new center collects. And not everyone in town subscribes to a trash collection service. Now, people no longer have to drive to the South Canyon Landfill recycling center or some other out-of-town location to recycle things they otherwise would have to throw out. They’re happy not to have to burn extra gasoline trying to do the environmentally correct thing.



People are embracing the opportunity to have an in-town drop-off point for harder-to-recycle materials such as cardboard and office paper. And LadyHawke is doing a commendable job of helping users understand the rules in place at the center, and the reasons behind them.

The city has done the right thing in meeting a longstanding demand for a recycling center. Now it’s up to all of us to respect the rules at the center, so it remains a clean and tidy facility that serves us all well. And if we continue to patronize the center at current levels, that should guarantee that the city will keep it in place for the long haul.


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