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Zero Waste effort hampered by lack of market demand for food composting in Steamboat

Adapted from the Steamboat Today When “The Record Company” takes the stage at Howelsen Hill Friday to perform in the third free event of the Steamboat Free Summer Concert Series, one of the regulars in the audience will be missing. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Executive Director Sarah B. Jones first acknowledged in a column in […]

Help make Steamboat summer events more sustainable

Adapted from the Steamboat Today Summer event season is here! There’s a full line-up of fun community events this holiday weekend, but, when you bring hundreds, if not thousands, of people together, events can generate a tremendous amount of waste. You may not see Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s green waste diversion tents at many events […]

Composting in bear country

Written by Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director, YVSC Landfills are not designed to breakdown organic waste. When organic material like food waste goes in the landfill, it breaks down anaerobically, and the result is methane, a greenhouse gas 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over the short term. So, naturally, composting sounds like a […]

Waste Diversion 101 Training

At 5:30-6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, community members can learn how to reduce waste at a free Waste Diversion 101 training offered by YVSC. Attendees will learn money-saving tips to reduce waste at home, how to set up a sustainability station for community events, and how to identify what items can and cannot be […]

Sustainability Council seeks business sponsors for Sustainable Community Events

Large public events often generate significant waste. Since 2010, YVSC has been reducing the environmental footprint of local community events, engaging residents and visitors in protecting the natural resources of the Yampa Valley. We work with event organizers and vendors on environmentally preferred purchasing, and the organization’s Zero Hero volunteers help event attendees sort their […]

Local schools track lunchroom waste as part of Waste-Free Lunch Challenge

To understand and reduce school lunchroom waste on a national level, the Environmental Research and Education Foundation has launched the School Cafeteria Discards Assessment Project (SCrAP). As part of its annual Waste-Free Lunch Challenge, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council recruited Emerald Mountain School, Mountain Village Montessori, Strawberry Park Elementary, Soda Creek Elementary and Steamboat Springs Middle School to […]

Yampa, Oak Creek Green Machine Schedule

Green Machines are now available for single stream recycling drop-off one week per month in both Yampa and Oak Creek. In Yampa, the Green Machine is delivered to 83 East 1st St. the second Monday of the month and picked up the third Monday. The Oak Creek Green Machine is delivered to the City Park […]

Recycling glass becomes more viable in Steamboat thanks to Broomfield processing plant

Article adapted from the Steamboat Today Steamboat Springs — Discarded beer bottles never looked as good as they do now, after Momentum Recycling opened a glass sorting, cleaning and crushing facility in Broomfield. A Denver spokesman for Waste Management, the largest trash hauler in Northwest Colorado, confirmed Tuesday that his company began a week ago trucking […]

Routt County CSU Extension: The dating game

Understand what food label dates really mean Article adapted from the Steamboat Today What do you do when you discover the date on some of your canned goods has passed? Do you use them anyway? Do you throw them out? Confusion about food date labels is a growing problem as consumers have become more aware […]

Talking Green event to feature 3 speakers on waste, energy technology

Written by Lizzy Markman, YVSC Intern Community members are invited to learn about anaerobic digestion, a technology that turns food waste into energy, at Yampa Valley Sustainability Council’s monthly Talking Green event on Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Fellowship Hall). Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is raising awareness about […]