Latest News – October 1

Two New, Remote Recycling Centers Now in Place

Last week, Lake County Public Works made going green a bit more convenient with two new recycling drop off sites which opened on September 25.

This new remote recycling center is tucked in nicely off Sure Pretty Drive (Cty Rd 10) and will provide "green" convenience for residents in the southern part of the county. Photo: Lake County Public Works Facebook Page.

This new remote recycling center is tucked in nicely off Sure Pretty Drive (Cty Rd 10) and will provide “green” convenience for residents in the southern part of the county. Photo: Lake County Public Works Facebook Page.

The first remote location is situated off County Road 10, also known as Sure Pretty Drive. This center is tucked in nicely off the road, so as not to be an eyesore to one of those most scenic views in the state. This will make recycling more accessible for residents living in the southern portion of the county who no longer having to make the trip into town to drop off cardboard and cans at the Lake County Landfill Recycling Center.

The second drop-off center is located at the Leadville Community Park, on the southern portion of the property with access off McWethy Drive/County Road 31. This drop-off spot will allow city-dwellers the same remote convenience, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays when the recycling facility at the landfill is closed.

“Recycling has improved tremendously in the county,” said Public Works Director Brad Palmer. “However if these remote drop-offs are not kept clean or abused in any way, we will pull them.”

Recyclers should follow the rules or expect to pay a heavy fine as monitoring efforts are in place at both of the new remote recycling centers. Photo: Lake County Public Works Facebook Page.

Recyclers should follow the rules or expect to pay a heavy fine as monitoring efforts are in place at both of the new remote recycling centers. Photo: Lake County Public Works Facebook Page.

Residents will additionally find a trash bin at each drop-off location. But, please note that only trash in pre-paid bags will be acceptable for disposal in the trash dumpsters. And this is being monitored, by Public Works officials. Last week, there were a few people who – perhaps unknowingly – deposited trash in the dumpsters and they were notified that they cannot do that. In the future this will be considered illegal dumping and there is a trash ordinance in place which comes with a $1,000 dollar fine!

Pre-paid trash bags can be purchased at the following locations: Saturday’s, True Value, the Lake County Clerk and Recorder’s Office in the courthouse, and up at the landfill. Each 40 gallon bag is only $5 and will be particularly helpful for visitors looking to discard any trash accumulated during their stay.

Also please note that steel and tin are not accepted at the drop sites, please do not mix in with the aluminum bin.

“So far, the first week has been pretty good,” Palmer added. So keep it up Lake County! And thanks to the Public Works Department who continues to stay committed to recycling, making the community a greener place to live and preventing all those items from going into the landfill.

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