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The latest news affecting recycling, waste management, and other related issues.

  • Aspen, Pitkin County recognized as state leaders in recycling and composting


    Pitkin County and Aspen are at the top of the list of Colorado municipalities and counties making strides in recycling and composting, but officials say there is still much work to do to get to where they want to be.

    The county and city were recognized as state leaders… learn more »

  • Recycling Paper and Cardboard? Here's the right way to do it.


    There’s more to recycling than just tossing items into a bin. Use these tips in light of COP26.
    -Katie Teague

    If you order pizza regularly or receive multiple deliveries from Amazon every month, you’ve likely got empty boxes piled up somewhere in your house. And… learn more »

  • Love Zero Waste App finds treasure in trash


    By Dyana Z. Furmansky

    The launch of the Love Zero Waste app in April 2020 is one of the little good-news stories that got trashed in the outbreak of the global pandemic, when practically the only news reported was bleak and related to COVID-19. “We didn’t get the coverage we… learn more »

  • New Technology Detects Food Packaging


    LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 20, 2021–

    NEXTLOOPP, the groundbreaking project by Nextek Limited, that recently won the overall award for ‘Best Sustainable Packaging Innovation’ at Packaging Europe’s Sustainability Awards – has revealed the results of its highly successful tracer-based sorting trials held at TOMRA (Germany) in September… learn more »

  • Recycling Is Broken


    Article written by: Maddie Stone.

    In Philadelphia, people like to recycle. Together, all 1.6 million of us generate about 400 tons of recyclable material each day. But since last fall, roughly half of the bottles and cans my neighbors and I have placed dutifully curbside in our… learn more »

  • Curbside recycling programs are now such money-losers that it's going to cost us more


    Article Written by: Steve Orr

    Published in: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle 

    Even as you diligently fill your blue box each week, the recycling industry has been turned on its head — and you may have to change the way you recycle, and pay more for it, as a…

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  • China’s Changing Import Regulations— What Does It All Mean?


    There’s a new normal in the world of recycling. Once the largest importer of post-consumer recyclables, China decided it didn’t want “foreign garbage” inundating its country anymore.

    So, it instituted a waste import ban on 24 kinds of solid wastes in January 2018; a new contamination standard of 0.5 percent… learn more »

  • Keep Calm and Recycle On: The Sky Isn’t Falling


    Chaz Miller, Staff Writer
    WASTE 360

    Recycling is a dynamic process forced to change as products evolve and markets fluctuate.

    Recycling is in the news and not in a good way. Newspapers and television news shows are full of stories about its apparent death. If they are right, then… learn more »

  • Recycling is in trouble – and it might be your fault


    Paul Singer, Staff Writer

    If you are recycling at home, you are probably doing it wrong.

    That is why a worker lunged to grab a garden hose off the conveyor belt at a Waste Management recycling facility here Wednesday before it got caught in a giant sorting… learn more »

  • 2017 Rate Increase


    Important Notice

    Your Rates Are Changing Effective December 1st, 2016

    We sincerely thank you for choosing Mountain Waste & Recycling for your solid waste & recycling services. It is our privilege to serve you at your home, business, construction site, or special event.

    We are informing you in…

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  • Recycling is growing, but Southwest Colorado is sending more trash to landfills


    Mary Shinn, Herald Staff Writer
    Durango Herald

    Even though recycling is on the rise regionally, consumers in Southwest Colorado are sending more trash to landfills than they were in 2007. For example, WCA Waste, which operates the Bondad Landfill, has seen an almost 7 percent increase from 243,487 cubic… learn more »

  • We Have Some GREAT News!


    MWfaviconOver the past year, Mountain Waste & Recycling has taken significant steps to reduce our impact in the neighborhoods of Carbondale. The two actions listed below already have resulted in far less truck traffic on Carbondale streets and a reduction in vehicle noise in the neighborhoods near Town Hall: learn more »

  • Through the looking glass, some envisioning a recycling rebound


    Jason Blevins
    The Denver Post

    Momentum Recycling, Alpine Waste see opportunity in shattered bottles, bailed Styrofoam

    John Lair rattles a plastic bag full of broken glass.

    There are bits of plastic, paper labels and chunks of food mixed in with the green, amber and clear — or flint —… learn more »

  • End of Davis landfill drop-off recycling resulted from international trends


     Standard Examiner, March 18, 2016
    Doug Gibson

    There’s a simple reason that the Davis County landfill recently ended its drop-off recycling program — it was not supporting itself, victim to trends outside its control.

    Besides an increase in curbside recycling firms in Davis County — the chief… learn more »

  • Low Oil Prices Interfere With What Recyclers Are Paid For Plastic


    The price of oil has been on a downward dive for a couple of years. This has been great for some businesses and not so for others. One industry hit especially hard is the recycling business. DAVID GREENE, HOST: The price of oil has been on a downward dive for a couple years now, and one business hit especially hard by low oil prices is the recycling business. Here's Stacey Vanek Smith from our Planet Money team. STACEY VANEK SMITH, BYLINE: Last spring, oil prices had just dropped in half from $120 a barrel to about $60 a barrel, and all of these recycling plants were going out of business. To figure out why, I visited Tom Outerbridge at Sims Recycling in Brooklyn, right near where live. learn more »

  • Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified


    It's easy to think we're being virtuous when we fill up the blue recycling bin and put it on the curb. But it's clear we have embraced some magical thinking when it comes to what can be recycled. NPR's Dianna Douglas visited a waste management plant in Elkridge, Md., to get the answers from Michael Taylor, director of recycling operations for the plant. Taylor's No. 1 tip: Don't recycle plastic bags, even if they're full of newspaper. They gum up the whole processing system. Every few hours Taylor has to shut down the machines to remove all the plastic. learn more »

  • With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost


    "In many municipalities around the country, the days of sorting your recyclables for curbside pickup are long gone, replaced by a system called "single stream" recycling. But what happens after all those bits of plastic, paper, glass and metal get put in the bin? Because it's often collected by the same workers who pick up the garbage, it's easy to wonder if the recyclables make their way to the dump, too. But single-stream recycling ends up at a place called a materials recovery facility. An MRF is part warehouse, part industrial plant; a single facility can process hundreds of tons every day, using workers and high-tech machines." learn more »

  • Pitkin County wants more equitable contributions for recycling service


    Basalt only covering cost of Willits facility through April Pitkin County commissioners had a long discussion on the moral benefits of the area’s recycling program on Tuesday, but stressed that municipalities need to step up their share of funding to support the costly amenity into the future. The high cost of recycling service is being compounded by the commodity markets falling drastically in the last few years, making recycling facilities unprofitable. The county is now looking at having municipalities share the cost of service at a possible 50-50 clip. That would mean an annual match of $97,000 from the city of Aspen, $23,300 from Basalt, and $56,600 from Snowmass Village for operations. learn more »

  • What Happens to Your Recyclables After They Are Picked Up?

    Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycled items after you leave them out on the curb? See all chapters of the recycling process in this short 3 minute video. Watch now. learn more »
  • Recycling Poses Conundrum for Waste Companies, Local Governments


    The vast majority of recyclable materials from the Roaring Fork Valley are being shipped across the Pacific Ocean. That’s according to a major area trash and recycling hauler. Recycling has been a hot topic among leaders in the Valley, as the price of collecting and trucking plastic, glass, and other materials out of the area is getting more expensive.

    "The chances of your recyclables going to China are probably in the 95% - 100% range,” says Scott Eden. He’s founder and President of Carbondale-based Mountain Waste and Recycling, the combination of the two companies Intermountain Waste & Recycling and Mountain Roll-Offs, Inc. “And there are a bunch of factors, that none of us control, that impact [sending recyclables to China]." learn more »
  • Extending the life of the landfill


    For many Pitkin County residents, the only thing more loathsome than waste is wasted space. But in recent years, local officials have warned that the lifespan of the county’s landfill is limited — not an uncommon problem for many of the nation’s communities, and indeed, globally. But it’s a problem compounded locally by sky-high property values that make the potential use of any more county land for waste disposal unrealistic. Unfortunately for county residents, the eventual closing of the landfill will greatly increase the fees they’re charged to have their trash hauled away. Pitkin County solid-waste manager Cathy Hall said the county is doing everything it can to push that endpoint for the landfill further into the future." learn more »