Environmental Health

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  • Phone: 970-328-9813
    Fax: 970-328-8788

    Environmental Health
    P.O. Box 179
    500 Broadway
    Eagle, Colorado 81631-0179 


County recognizes America Recycles Day, encourages participation in Climate Action Plan goals

Contact: John Gitchell, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, 970-328-8766, john.gitchell@eaglecounty.us 

Nov. 14, 2016 - In recognition of America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Eagle County Environmental Health is encouraging community members to support the draft Climate Action Plan by recycling. The plan is available for review at www.walkingmountains.org/cap.

“Recycling protects land and water quality while also creating jobs, saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said John Gitchell, Eagle County’s environmental sustainability coordinator. “For every one ton of material that is recycled, three tons of greenhouse gas emissions are eliminated that would otherwise be adding to climate pollution.”

Items that can be recycled within Eagle County include: 
• Plastics #1-7 (plastic bags are not recyclable)
• Glass bottles and jars
• Aluminum and tin cans 
• Used tires 
• Scrap metal
• Cardboard
• Paper
• TVs, computers and other electronics

Approximately 75 percent of the total recycling in Eagle County is collected from homes and businesses while the remainder is collected at community recycling centers located throughout the Eagle Valley. To help make the connection between recycling and climate protection, Environmental Health has installed informational signs at each of the community recycling centers. For a list of locations, visit www.eaglecounty.us/RecyclingWaste

“Recycling plays a huge part in the Eagle Valley Climate Action Plan,” said Gitchell. “One of the goals is to divert more waste by increasing recycling efforts. Another piece of that goal is to divert 30 percent of organic waste from the landfill through composting.”

The Eagle Valley Climate Action Plan was developed by a group of more than 30 local stakeholders to help engage residents and business owners in strategies and actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Its targets include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2025, 50 percent by 2035 and 80 percent by 2050. To learn more, visit www.walkingmountains.org/cap.