Thrift Shop and second hand store rejects are getting a second chance thanks to a new textile recycling program at the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center. Old worn out t-shirts, towels and blankets with holes, ill-fitting clothing, and running and hiking shoes that have lost their spring might have ended up in the landfill. Now they’re being collected at the Solid Waste Center and diverted back into the ‘reuse’ market.
“We’re partnering with USAgain out of Denver, a green for-profit enterprise committed to reducing textile waste by putting them back in the use cycle to not only preserve landfill space but conserve precious natural resources and prevent greenhouse gas emissions,” said Cathy Hall, Pitkin County Landfill Manager.
The US EPA estimates a whopping 12 million tons of textile waste goes into U.S. landfills each year. Approximately 1,600 tons of textiles end up in the Pitkin County Landfill annually.
“This equates to 4.3% of our total waste stream,” added Hall. “By diverting this waste we save landfill space, reduce carbon emissions, and find a beneficial second life for these items.”
The Pitkin County Landfill is a presenting partner with the 5Point Film Festival in Aspen this month. The show will take place on January 21st at the Wheeler Opera House. The event features 10 adventure films and special guests. The landfill’s involvement with 5Point comes during a major landfill public outreach effort to educate the community about recycling, reusing, and even refusing non-recyclable objects to extend the life of the landfill and improve the local environment. 5Point has a legacy of supporting and protecting the environment and Pitkin County Landfill believes that it aligns with its mission as it works to educate people on the importance of recycling.
Join us on Tuesday, November 15 and learn more about recycling, composting and waste diversion!
Rio Grande Recycling Center, Aspen
9:00am til noon
Refreshments & Re-usable Giveaways
Call Jack Johnson @ 429-2885 for more information
Wooly: Landfills Explained is a 5-volume comic book series designed to educate school children in grades 3-5 about the relationship between waste and our everyday lives. Using Colorado STEM standards, it is available to everyone, anywhere via mobile app technology. Students may go at their own pace or work with others in a classroom.
Composting and Our Community
What’s In Our Trash?
Where Does Our Trash Go?
Let’s Sort Our Trash!
Our hardy team of intrepid volunteers and our esteemed leader, Kim Doyle Wille, of Growing Empowerment built a “keyhole garden” on Saturday.
The “big idea” of a keyhole garden is to combine the planting and composting parts of a garden into one holding moisture and nutrients in place. The idea originates in Africa is being adapted by many gardeners in hot, arid climates. The Pitkin Couty landfill garden certainly qualifies!
Ours is made of materials diverted from the landfill and will use our compost (available for sale.) Eventually the produce we raise will be donated to LIFT UP.
We held our 3rd Annual Mushroom Lecture and Foray on Saturday. You may have missed it but 13 others didn’t. We learned about the importance of fungi, microbes and other micro creatures in producing compost and their part in a healthy eco-system. We have bags of our “SCRAPS” brand of compost and potting soil are available for purchase at the landfill.
Pitkin County’s compost program is US Composting Council Standard for Testing Assurance (STA) Certified. To learn more about what STA Certified compost means, view the video, hosted by PBS Channel’s Joe Lamp’l from Growing a Greener World.
For more information on our compost, pricing and and our related soil products, contact the Pitkin County Solid Waste Center at 970-429-2880.
Edeltraud Lyons, 73, made two Self Wicking Raised Garden Beds after attending our Living Lab Workshop this spring. Each is made from re-purposed pallets diverted from the landfill, and uses Pitco Products–Compost, Potting Soil and gravel. Good work!