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Vail Daily’s View: Vail gets creative about trash

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

Vail is on the right track with proposals to overhaul its trash policies.

One of the ideas is to get all Vail residents to put their recyclables out on the curb to be picked up. This convenience should dramatically increase the amount of people who recycle their bottles and cans because it’s a lot easier than driving to either the town’s recycling center or the county drop-off spots, which are often overflowing.

Because recycling has a kind of abstract payback, ” the sense that you’re taking care of the planet rather than a material reward ” people, even well-meaning people, are simply much more likely to recycle if they only have to drag their garbage down to the curb.



A town government certainly has a role in encouraging sustainable behavior by making it more convenient.

The town also is studying whether to charge residents by volume of trash. The idea for the “pay-as-you-throw” program is that residents buy a certain sized trash container and pay more or less depending on how much trash they throw away

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Aspen has been doing “pay-as-you-throw” since 2005, and the city government seems pleased with the program. Residents can buy a 32-gallon, 64-gallon or 96-gallon trash bin and pay accordingly.

The program encourages recycling bottles and cans because it reduces the amount of garbage residents are charged for throwing away.

We think it’s a good program and that it should spread to other parts of Eagle County. While it’s hardly arduous, it would force us to a little more responsible about the waste we send toward our landfill and what we send to be recycled.



For too long, as a resort and a society, we have filled our garbage cans and Dumpsters to the brim without any concern for the consequences on the quality of life of future generations.


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