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blog: On the road to recycling

Pallavi Mukerjee
Vail CO, Colorado

Recycling Opportunities at Present:

Our Eagle County residents can be proactive with recycling in at least a couple of different ways.

Firstly, biweekly recycling service for co-mingled and newspaper is free to single family and duplex residences that receive Vail Honeywagon or Waste management trash services.

To get set up for curbside recycling please call Waste management at 524-5000 or Vail HoneyWagon at 476-3511.

Second, residents may participate in the drop off recycling collection program operated by Eagle Valley Alliance. Drop off sites are located in Red Cliff, Avon, Edwards, Eagle, and Gypsum.

A drop off site is also located in the Town of Vail next to the Community Development Building and is managed by the town.

Co-mingled containers (aluminum cans, steel/tin cans, glass and # 1 and # 2 plastic), newspaper, magazines and cardboard are collected at the drop off sites. Vail Honeywagon and Waste management also provide containers and recycling service to their commercial customers for a small fee.

Some Interesting Numbers:

The amount of collected recyclable materials has been increasing over the past few years and is expected to continue this upward trend. In 2006, about 1,872 tons of recyclables were collected through the drop off program and about 3,500 tons through the private sector.

For 2007, those numbers are projected to be about 1,932 tons (drop off) and about 3,645 tons (private sector).

The future- Eagle County Recycling Transfer Station:

At present Eagle County is in the final stages of selecting a design team for a proposed recycling transfer station to be constructed near the landfill. T

his facility will allow consolidation of recyclables collected within the county, reduce transportation costs, and add value to the commodities. The facility will accept the following recyclables:

# 1 and # 2 plastic containers

Steel, Tin, and Aluminum Cans

Office paper

Newspaper and Magazines


Glass- separately (includes colored and non colored glass)

Lastly, I would like to thank my supervisor, Ron Rasnic, for helping me with the material for this particular blog.

Pallavi Mukerjee can be reached at

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