Recycling, Composting and Upcycling

Summit County Recycling Information

Summit County recycling drop-off centers are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For more information, please contact the High Country Conservation Center at 970-668-5703.

And more tips!

  • Remember the 3 R’s (in order of importance)! Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle!
  • At the same time that you are working on recycling more of what you use, take action to reduce what you need to recycle too. For example, when you go shopping, look at packaging. Never buy anything with Styrofoam as nothing about it can be recycled. Instead of buying bottled water use those eco friendly refillable bottles. They can be used over and over again. They also keep your water cold for hours at a time.
  • Get children involved! Children have to be a big part of recycling efforts too if we want to really combat the problem of waste in our landfills. They should be part of the plan of action at home. They should be taking part in recycling at school, church, and other social locations where they spend time.
  • The bathroom is the key place in any home where water gets wasted. It is estimated that approximately 75% of water waste happens in this room! Make sure you turn the faucet off when you are brushing your teeth or shaving. Limit showers to a set amount of time. Baths should be a luxury though to help with reducing the amount of water used.
  • Every single year 25 million plastic bottles are used in the United States. They are mainly offering water, soda, and other drinks. Yet only about 27% of that plastic is being recycled. The rest of it is going to the landfills or it ends up at the bottom of the oceans and other bodies of water. Each year, 8 MILLION TONS of plastic end up in our oceans. More effort has to occur to increase plastic recycling.
  • Right now the estimate for Summit County’s Landfill to fill is 2055! Composting waste can greatly reduce the waste in land fills which in turn produces less methane gas.  The Summit Food Scrap Recycling Program aims to help reduce everyday waste.

Did you know??

  • You can cause serious harm by improperly recycling a plastic bottle? How? By leaving the lid on! These items get bailed and left behind the recycling center until there is enough weight to haul it to Denver for processing. During bailing, the ram rods can cause the bottle tops to fly off and become a dangerous weapon. While these containers sit out in the sun, pressure builds up inside with no way to release itself until finally the lid blasts off. This has sent people to the hospital.
  • Paper seems like one of the most obvious items to recycle, but did you know that paper towels and tissue paper are NOT recyclable? These products are basically disintegrated in the recycling process because they are a low-quality paper to start.
  • It’s a bad idea to recycle already shredded paper for a couple reasons. First, shredding paper’s fiber has been cut up into such short lengths that it becomes more difficult to make good quality paper pulp for recycling into new paper items. Second, the shredded pieces of paper can get stuck and trapped in the recycling machinery. There are other ways to use up shredded paper, such as adding to compost, using the paper for packaging material, even using the paper for bedding for animals.

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