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Eagle County, Town of Basalt to host recycling events

Contact: Jeff Shroll, Eagle County Manager, 970-328-8604, jeff.shroll@eaglecounty.us  

Ryan Mahoney, Town of Basalt Manager, 970-927-4701, ryan.mahoney@basalt.net

Jan. 29, 2020 - Eagle County Government and the Town of Basalt will team up to host two free “hard to recycle” events in 2020. The events will provide residents opportunities to safely dispose of electronic waste such as computers and TVs; household hazardous waste like paint and motor oil; metal appliances such as washers and dryers; plus tires, yard waste and more.

Dates and locations for both a spring and fall event are still being explored, and community members are encouraged to weigh in by contacting Basalt Town Manager Ryan Mahoney at ryan.mahoney@basalt.net

The idea for holding the events stemmed from the imminent closure of the recycling drop off center in Basalt, which had been jointly funded by the Town of Basalt and Pitkin County. Last fall, Pitkin County decided to use its half of the $60,000 subsidy needed to maintain the center on other waste priorities. At the town’s request, Eagle County was preparing to cover that cost. However, subsequent communication from Waste Management, the center’s operator, indicated the required subsidy would double to $120,000 for 2020, leading the Town of Basalt to consider its best use of funds. The center is now slated to close on Jan. 31.

“After a lot of research and discussion, we’ve determined that a $60,000 investment will go much further toward our environmental goals if we focus on larger waste diversion issues, such as keeping the most toxic items out of the landfill and developing ongoing composting options,” said Mahoney.

Officials from both Basalt and Eagle County recognize that the closing of the drop off center will make recycling less convenient for some community members. Free residential recycling drop off is available at the Pitkin County Landfill, located at 32046 Jack Gredig Lane in Aspen, and at the South Canyon Landfill located at 1205 CO Highway 134 in Glenwood Springs. In addition, curbside recycling is available from the waste haulers that serve the Roaring Fork Valley, including Waste Management, Mountain Waste and Recycling, and Valley Waste Solution. Costs range from $18 to $35 per month.  

The two upcoming free recycling events are intended to kick off efforts to increase waste diversion, and also create awareness and education about overall consumption. Officials are pointing to a dire need for systems changes, as well as sobering statistics shared during last week’s “Getting to Zero: From Radical to Rational” climate event in Edwards. In particular, presenter Dr. Rob Davies indicated 99% of the material mass sitting on store shelves in the U.S. will end up in a landfill within 6 months. The presentation can be seen at https://vimeo.com/387082864

“While recycling is better than landfilling, it still comes with both monetary and environmental costs in the form of hauling and processing. The best solution is to find ways to reduce the use of materials, whether they can be recycled or not,” said Eagle County Commissioner Matt Scherr.

Eagle County and the Town of Basalt will continue their discussions on the best ways to meet both organizations’ environmental goals, including recycling, and will be looking for community input. For more information, contact Eagle County at 970-328-8604 or the Town of Basalt at 970- 927-4701.