Recycling event in Avon Thursday |

Recycling event in Avon Thursday

AVON — Do you have items in your house collecting dust because you don’t want to throw them in the landfill but you don’t know how or where to properly recycle them? Have you ever wondered why recycling rules vary so much from town to town and state to state?

Vail Honeywagon on Thursday is partnering with Walking Mountains Science Center and eight other local businesses and organizations to spread awareness of recycling protocol and resources in the Vail Valley. The recycling collection event is set for 12 to 5 p.m. at the Honeywagon Recycling Center, in celebration of America Recycles Day.

You can donate gently used clothing to benefit Vail Valley Cares Thrifty Store and Eagle Valley Community Fund; gather information on how to contribute furniture and building material to Habitat for Humanity; and bring non-perishable food for the Vail Valley Salvation Army.

Vail Honeywagon will be collecting e-waste, batteries, light bulbs and ink cartridges for a reduced fee, and Alliance Record Services will be offering discount paper shredding with no minimum. Bins will also be available to collect scrap metal and compost, including yard waste and kitchen scraps.

Please don’t bring liquids, and remember, don’t leave TVs, furniture, trash or anything not accepted in the designated bins at the recycling center at any other time.

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At the event, residents can learn where to recycle certain items that we’d rather not see go into the landfill, including light bulbs and paint for free. You can also learn about disposal options for household hazardous wastes such as motor oil and old cleaning solutions, but please do not bring any liquids to the recycling center, ever. The only place to dispose of hazardous liquids properly is the Eagle County Hazardous Waste Facility in Wolcott. If you are unsure of any items you want to bring to the event, call Vail Honeywagon, 970-476-3511.

“The longevity of our beautiful mountain ecosystems is dependent on all of us learning our responsible waste disposal options and pass on our knowledge to our fellow community members & mountain-living lovers,” Honeywagon sustainability coordinator Shawn Bruckman said.

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