Walking Mountains hosts Earth Day recycling event Friday, April 22, at CMC
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What: Earth Day recycling event.
When: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 22.
Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.
Cost: Fees apply for electronic and paper waste processing.
More information: Contact Melissa Kirr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-827-9725, ext. 133.
EDWARDS — Today is Earth Day, and Walking Mountains Science Center wants to help you celebrate and de-clutter for spring. From 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, Walking Mountains will take recyclable materials out of your hands and make sure they are disposed of properly. Not only will the Walking Mountains Zero Waste Team be hosting paper shredding, but you can also drop off old electronics and unwearable, damaged clothing, shoes and accessories.
Why is it important to shred your recycled paper? Sensitive documents are legally public property once they are placed in a dumpster, so shredding not only protects you or your business, but properly recycling paper also has profound effects on the environment. For every ton of paper recycled, you save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 84 gallons of oil, enough energy to power the average American home for six months, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and reduce air pollutants by 60 pounds.
However, paper shredders aren’t necessarily common household items, which is why Walking Mountains is encouraging people to take advantage of this event and dispose of important papers properly and safely. The fee for shredding paper at this event is 35 cents per pound.
Recycle your electronics
In Colorado, electronics are considered hazardous waste, and state regulations dictate that it cannot be disposed of in a landfill. It is common for old computers, printers or cellphones to end up collecting dust in a closet because many people don’t know how or where to recycle them. Electronics contain pollutants such as lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, phosphorus and lithium, which can be very harmful to the environment and human health if simply disposed of in a landfill. For a fee of 50 cents per pound, drop off all of your obsolete or broken technology during the event and Walking Mountains staff and partners will take care of the rest.
Clothing is recyclable. If you have clothing that is no longer wearable, shoes, household textiles (bedding, towels, tablecloths, etc.) toys and stuffed animals or textile accessories (bags, purses, belts, etc.) then bring them to the Earth Day event for no charge. If your clothing or shoes are still usable, please consider donating them to a thrift shop.
Unusable, clean and dry clothing and other household textiles can be repurposed for insulation, mattresses and rubberized playgrounds. Recycling textiles, many of which do not decompose, is a great way to reduce landfill volume, reduce demand for virgin resources and cut down on the need to transport imported materials.
There are many reasons to recycle, and Walking Mountains makes it easy this Earth Day for you to get a jump on spring cleaning and help reduce waste from our local landfill. The Earth will thank you. Fees that apply for the disposal of paper and electronics cover the costs of processing can be paid using cash or by check. Colorado Mountain College, Eagle County, Vail Daily and Vail Honeywagon are sponsoring this event.