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Vail announces Community Business Recycling Challenge; register by Aug. 24

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VAIL — The town of Vail is introducing a Community Business Recycling Challenge that includes free customized training, progress reports and bragging rights in three award categories.

The competition will run through September and is available to the first 20 businesses that register. Retail stores, restaurants, bars, lodges, offices and all other Vail business license holders are eligible to participate. Sign ups are being taken through Friday, Aug. 24.

Hosted by the town's environmental sustainability team in partnership with Walking Mountains Science Center, competitors will receive an initial waste audit and education session to learn about recycling best practices and specific workplace ideas for their business. Each competitor will receive a random weekly audit during the challenge to measure progress.

Following its debut in September, results from the Community Business Recycling Challenge will be reviewed to determine if it becomes an annual event to improve waste diversion and recycling in the community. The town of Vail currently has a 22 percent recycling rate compared to the national average of 34.5 percent. The goals of the challenge are to improve education and participation in recycling efforts. According to a 2017 landfill composition study, 20.3 percent of the material entering the Eagle County Landfill could be recycled through existing local programs. This shows that while the community has made progress in recycling there is still work to be done.

Award categories for the Community Business Recycling Challenge include best overall recycler, most improved and the best or most innovative education or diversion program. Winners will receive a free training and one year of membership to the Actively Green business certification program. The overall winner will host a custom engraved trophy that may ultimately travel to each future challenge winner.

Mark Hoblitzell, environmental sustainability coordinator, said the town is excited to launch this challenge and continue to help educate the community on the value of recycling.

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"Recycling continues to be one of the easiest ways for all of us to get involved and make an immediate difference in community environmental efforts from waste reduction to climate change action, and supporting local sustainable destination efforts," he said.

Following the Aug. 24 registration deadline, initial consultations and waste audits will take place the week of Monday, Aug. 27.

To sign up or for more information, contact Hoblitzell at mhoblitzell@vailgov.com or 970-479-2333 or Melissa Kirr at Walking Mountains Science Center at melissak@walkingmountains.org or 970-827-9725, ext. 133.