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Eagle recycling easing landfill load

Eagle Valley Enterprise staff report
Eagle, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado – The town of Eagle’s curbside recycling program has reduced landfill waste by more 75 tons during the second quarter of 2009 – a 15 percent reduction from the second quarter of last year.

“This is an important achievement not only because it conserves landfill space as well as energy and resources by recycling products, but also because reducing landfill trash decreases the amount of methane produced at the landfill,” said Roman Yavich, Eagle’s sustainability coordinator. “Methane is 20 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas.”

A total of 420 cubic yards of material was taken to recycling centers, including 70 yards of paper and 225 yards of comingled materials. The remaining 125 cubic yards was paper mixed with containers.



The recycling program in Eagle started on April 1 when all single-family households received two green bins: one for comingled glass, plastic and aluminum, the other for newspaper, office paper, junk mail, magazines and phone books. Because the recycling service was included as a part of the trash pick-up, participation rates for recycling have been very high.

“It’s difficult not to recycle,” Yavich said.



While cardboard is not picked up at the curb, residents can still take it to the drop-off center located on Fairgrounds Road.

The drop-off center bins will be moved to the Eagle Regional Visitor Information Center/Rest Stop parking lot for the duration of the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

For billing questions about trash and recycling, contact the Town of Eagle at 970-328-6354. For service questions, contact Vail Honeywagon at: 970-476-3511


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