Eagle County will get new recycling center | VailDaily.com

Eagle County will get new recycling center

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” The county will be able to recycle more materials more quickly with a new $2.8 million facility that commissioners approved on Tuesday.

The 14,000-square-foot plant will have sorting machines that will thoroughly sort steel and tin, plastics, aluminum, paper and cardboard, and glass.

When the facility is built, Vail Honeywagon, Waste Management, Vail Resorts, and the towns of Eagle and Gypsum all have expressed interest in sending their recycling to the county, County Solid Waste Manager Ron Rasnic said.

All of them currently pay to have their recycling hauled out of the county.

“With this facility where we can sort and bale most, if not all, of the recyclables collected within the valley, we will have a complete recycling program that is controlled and managed by Eagle County,” he said.

With the new plant, the county wants to encourage as much recycling as possible.

That might mean looking at established recycling programs such as those on the East Coast or even passing an ordinance to make recycling mandatory, Commissioner Arn Menconi said.

The revenue from the new facility will help pay for the new site and keep the recycling operations going, Rasnic said.

How much money the county can get for recyclable materials depends on how well they are sorted, he said.

For example, plastics sorted by type can get up to $600 per ton, but all the plastics mixed together only get $20 per ton.

Right now the county hauls most of its materials from its five recycling pick-up sites to Grand Junction. The unsorted materials get about $10 per ton, and the county has to pay for transportation.

The money will come out of the county’s landfill fund ” the building and office will costs about $2.7 million, electric power upgrade would cost $235,00 and equipment would cost about $1.2 million.

The project would get underway in the late summer or early fall, and be up and running by spring of 2009, Rasnic said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

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