Vail machine will flatten tons of cardboard |

Vail machine will flatten tons of cardboard

Dominique Taylor/Vail DailyThe cardboard compactor being installed by Ultimate Specialties service technicians Ben Leppert, left, and John Beston should be ready for the public by Friday.

VAIL, Colorado ” A big truck comes three or four times each week to pick up the cardboard that gets dropped off at Vail’s recycling center.

Bill Carlson, Vail’s environmental coordinator, said he hopes a big new machine will cut that number down to one.

Vail’s new cardboard compactor was delivered Wednesday to the revamped recycling center beside the municipal building.

“It’s going to be cleaner, safer and it’ll save us money in hauling fees,” Carlson said.

The old, open container would sometimes overflow, especially when the hospital’s helicopter lands next door, Carlson said.

The price tag for the compactor comes to $35,000, which includes two big containers for taking away the cardboard.

The recycling is taken by Vail Honeywagon to Wolcott, and then to a recycling facility in Denver, Carlson said.

The cardboard compactor could be ready for people to use by Friday or Monday, Carlson said.

Bins for bottles, cans and paper will return to the site by Monday, he said. They have been at the Wendy’s parking lot in West Vail while renovations are being done at the municipal building.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or

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