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Skiers, boarders can recycle their gear in Vail

Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO, Colorado

VAIL ” Vail Sports, Vail Resorts, and the Town of Vail have teamed up with SnowSports Industries America to provide locals a place to recycle their old ski and snowboard gear for free for three days only ” Nov. 13, 14, and 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The drop off location is the east end of the Lionshead parking lot in the area designated for recreational vehicle parking. This offer is for residential recycling only. There is no charge for dropping off old gear but Vail Sports will add $2 to the purchase of every pair of skis, boots, and snowboards purchased in their shops to help offset the costs of recycling. However, buyers who don’t wish to support the recycling effort can opt out of the charge.

Vail Sports is the first mountain ski shop in the United States to offer this recycling opportunity. The joint effort is part of SnowSports Industries America’s program “Keep Winter Cool: Snow Sports Recycling Solution.”

Equipment in good condition will be donated to charitable domestic programs. Equipment not suitable to hand down will be transported to a facility south of Denver where it will be shredded and used in a variety of products including composite decking, flooring and furniture.

“Nearly every skier and snowboarder I know is concerned about the environment and trying to do the right thing to minimize their impact on the earth,” said Joe Walker, regional manager for Vail Sports. “This collaborative effort makes it very easy for Vail’s skiers and riders to do something meaningful in reducing landfill debris. In some cases, their unwanted gear may be suitable for use by future skiers and riders who couldn’t otherwise afford it.”

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