Keep ’em Spinning: Bike To Work Day is June 22
Tomorrow, June 22 is National Bike to Work Day. And not to
be left out of the conversation touting the overall benefits of such an act, City of Leadville officials have been busy coordinating local “Bike To Work” efforts.
According to Leadville City Clerk Bethany Maher “a number of local businesses are offering discounts such as Cookies With Altitude, Leadville Outdoors, Periodic Brewing, City on a Hill Coffee & Espresso, and a few others! In addition, the Leadville Race Series will have their arch up and an aid station.
Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe will be making his five block commute by bike as are “many city and county employees.” Earlier this month the city’s top official signed a proclamation for June as bike month and June 22 as bike to work day. So support the cause and keep ’em spinning on two wheels tomorrow. Besides with all the summer traffic, it just makes getting around a whole lot simpler, and healthier!
Cheers to Fireball Whiskey and 72 Years Strong!
County’s Recycling Program Receives Kudos from State
In January 2015, Lake County had only one drop-off site for recycling, located several miles outside of Leadville with limited hours of operation and no curbside pickup service. The community waste diversion rate had dipped below 5% and revenue generated from recycled commodities was limited by storage, processing and transportation inefficiencies.
To develop solutions to these issues, the community’s recycling task force got to work. Lake County Landfill Manager Michael Irwin was the driving force behind some dramatic changes. Lake County now has two additional recycling drop-off sites that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It has also improved how it processes and sells recycled materials, increasing storage capacities, so that now, the county has room to separate materials and sell them individually to get a better price. With this new method, the first load of cardboard went to 4 times the amount the county was previously getting.
And its results like this that have led to recycling recognition. The outstanding government nonprofit recycling diversion program award is given to a public agency or nonprofit organization that leads by example, creating programs that effectively increase recycling and waste diversion.
The new drop-off sites also maintain a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) trash drop. This is an innovative model to incentivize recycling and has paid off for Lake County, doubling its recycling rate, according to officials. The drop-off sites have changed the way the community is recycling. The sites initially experienced some illegal dumping issues, but since, are tidy and well managed with few illegal dumping problems, serving more than 5,000 people annually.