Recycling Center Users Asked to Be Vigilant Sorters
If you’re like most folks, the Monday after a long Thanksgiving weekend can be wrought with a lot of trash and recyclables. And for those who will be taking advantage of the two new, convenient, recycling drop-off sites, county officials are asking the public to be more vigilant in abiding by the rules surrounding these containers.
“We have had several instances of people placing bags full of material in the recycling receptacles at the Lake County Drop Sites,” reported Michael Irwin, Landfill Manager, Lake County Public Works. In fact, since the beginning of the program just two months ago, the county has had to dump three plastic-sections of the recycling collection containers due to plastic bag contamination, out of approximately 28 total collection roll-offs.
“If our employees cannot see into the bag, the entire bag must be treated as trash,” explained Irwin. “(Our) staff cannot legally sort through these bags. Furthermore, these plastic bags themselves are treated as contamination. The County is charged for them when sorting occurs at the Waste Management facility in Denver.”
While county officials do not believe these individuals meant to contaminate the recycling, they may be forced to prosecute these acts as illegal dumping, with fines of up to $1,000.
Some guidelines to keep in mind:
- Please take any recyclables out of the bag you brought them in, and place recycling in the correctly marked containers.
- Do not put plastic bags or plastic film of any kind in the recycling. Safeway is accepting them.
- 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.
- 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.
“We have received a lot of positive feedback about these sites,” concluded Irwin. “Help us keep them operating, by following the rules outlined at each site.”
One of the 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 makes 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 allows city-dwellers the same remote convenience, especially on Wednesdays and Thursdays when the recycling facility at the landfill is closed.