Pitkin County Needs Your Feedback on a Proposed Drop and Swap Facility

Pitkin County is considering building an enclosed Drop and Swap facility at the landfill. An outdoor Drop and Swap has been a fixture at the landfill for many years. It’s a place where residents drop off furniture, fixtures, sports equipment, and construction materials, among many other things. The only trouble is, the current outdoor Drop and Swap is exposed to the elements and more often than not swap items are ruined by the rain, snow, and wind. An enclosed facility would allow the Solid Waste Center/Landfill to accept more reusable items including upholstered furniture, electronics, and appliances, etc. These items could be recycled and reused by another family instead of ending up in the landfill. As the saying goes “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”

Would you mind taking a couple of minutes to give us your feedback on this short survey? Your Board of County Commissioners would appreciate it!

Take the survey here:https://www.pitkincountyconnect.com/portals/187/forum_home?active_issue_id=5689&phase=Open

For more information on the proposed Drop and Swap facility, contact Cathy Hall, Solid Waste Manager at (970) 429-2882 or by email at Cathy.Hall@PitkinCounty.com.

The Soil Screener is Finally Here!

COMPOST IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE!

The screener is letting through some larger pieces, but it is still a great product.  We will have some smaller grind soon.  Thank you all for your patience.  We hope to be buying this screener so that we have it year round and are not at the mercy of the rental company.  We will screen compost for a few weeks and then we will switch to topsoil.

Compost is $34 ton (we load).  When we can produce the smaller size product we will bag it into 18 lb bags and they will be for sale for $2.50 each.

We will be posting on our FaceBook page as additional products are available.  See our FaceBook page for a short video of the screener in action:

https://www.facebook.com/PitkinCountyLandfill/

This compost has larger than average pieces.

Compost running through the screener.

Churning through!

 

The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center Adds Book Recycling to its Diversion Programs

The Pitkin County Solid Waste Center is adding yet another diversion program to its already robust reduce, reuse and recycling programs.  The Solid Waste Center will now accept books, for reuse, through a partnership with Eco-Cycle in Boulder, Colorado.  Books collected are distributed to Boulder area families in need.

“It’s not uncommon for books to be brought to the landfill for disposal.  Paperback books can be placed in the single stream recycling program, but hard cover books had to be trashed,” said Cathy Hall, solid waste manager.  “ It broke my heart to see perfectly good books being buried in the landfill.”

During a recent tour of Boulder’s Eco-Cycle ChaRM facility (Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials), Solid Waste Center staff noticed their book distribution program.  “When we returned home from the tour I made a call to Eco-Cycle to see if we could partner with them on the program,” Hall said. “They enthusiastically welcomed us and our books.  They are seeing more and more demand for books than they can supply.”

Eco-Cycle has distributed books to families in need since 2004, and have donated nearly 96,500 books throughout Boulder.  From Dr. Suess to Shakespeare, paperback or hard cover, books of all reading levels are accepted.

“Ideally, I would eventually like to find programs in the Roaring Fork Valley to distribute books, similar to the Boulder program,” said Hall.  “Until we get facility space and staff to handle the books, we will work with Eco-Cycle.”

The Solid Waste Center will accept books, free of charge, during operating hours (Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 4:15 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 2 pm May through September, and 9 am to 12 pm October through April).  Please recycle phone books and catalogs in the regular single stream recycling.