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Less mess promised at Avon recycling bins

Matt Terrell
Vail, CO Colorado
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyLocal Mike Riedy stops by the recycling center near Wal-Mart where new bins have been set up.

AVON, Colorado ” The brand new recycling bin in Avon has two important features ” a trailer hitch and wheels.

This new blue recycling trailer can be hauled away at a moment’s notice by a pickup truck when it’s full, something that hasn’t been possible in the past. On holiday weekends, you could count on the big green Dumpsters on East Beaver Creek Boulevard to overflow with beer bottles and soda cans.

In the past, the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, which operates county recycling, has had to contract big trucks to haul away the recyclables to Grand Junction or Summit, which is both time consuming and costly.

The Alliance can now do it themselves with pickup trucks, save a lot of money and empty the bins when needed, said Matt Scherr, director of the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability, which operates county recycling.

“The old ones were a pain, and they were dirty,” Scherr said. “Now we won’t have so many overflow issues.”

The new blue bin in Avon is sort of a test run for a large scale overhaul of recycling in the valley.

There are also recycling Dumpsters in Eagle, Gypsum and Edwards. Each one of those could soon be replaced with one of the new trailers, like the one in Avon.

The Alliance wants to try out the new trailer in Avon first for another 30 to 45 days, make sure it works and make sure people like it. By summer, there’s a good chance you’ll see all the recycling bins switched out.

And, since these trailers are portable and more compact, they could be placed in easily seen areas like grocery store parking lots and entice people to recycle, Scherr said.

“It would be nice to have recycling at places like City Market. Save time for everyone,” said Eagle-Vail resident Haley Barnes, who was dropping off soda cans in Avon Tuesday.

Putting the bin in more visible, public places would also discourage people from dumping garbage in the bins, which is a big problem.

Last year, about 60 tons of trash had to be hauled from the recycling bins, Scherr said.

Avon resident Patrick Hastings said he noticed better, more clearly written signs on the new recycling bin which tell people exactly what they can and can’t drop in the bins.

“You always see nasty stuff in there,” Hastings said, dropping in a stack of newspapers. “These signs look better. I hope they work.”

Soon, there will be a much more convenient place to drop off the recyclables. Instead of costly drives to Grand Junction or Summit, trucks will be able to drop off recyclables at a new “transfer station” at the landfill in Wolcott.

The transfer station would be a large, open warehouse that would act as a drop off point for any of the recycling groups in the county, thus stopping the need for constant trips to processing plants in Grand Junction, Summit County and the Front Range.

Recycled materials will be consolidated into a semi-truck trailer and shipped to those processing plants in bulk, which is expected to dramatically shrink driving costs.

One good thing about the transfer station, aside from cutting down on fuel costs, is that it will allow the Alliance to more quickly empty the bins for cardboard, which fill up quickly, Scherr said.

Staff Writer Matt Terrell can be reached at 748-2955 or mterrell@vaildaily.com.

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