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Learn more about waste diversion in Routt County

In preparation for newly adopted statewide waste diversion goals, Routt County Department of Environmental Health requested YVSC prepare a white paper to examine the importance of waste diversion in Routt County as it relates to the broader regional and statewide landscape. Working closely with Routt County, we have finished the report, and it is posted on […]

Community Agriculture Alliance: Reduce, recycle and dispose of household hazardous waste properly

Article adapted from Steamboat Today  Household hazardous wastes , or HHW,  are common household products such as cleaners, paints, car products, and pesticides that may be hazardous to you, children, pets and the environment. Words such as danger, warning, caution, poisonous and flammable on the labels can mean a product is toxic. Do not put […]

Trash audit in Steamboat aims to divert waste from landfills

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Written by: John Russell STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The idea of sifting through trash isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, but apparently Cameron Hawkins isn’t like most people. “It is exciting; it’s awesome,” said Hawkins, who serves as the waste diversion director for the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council. “I’m […]

Waste Reduction Round-Up set for Aug. 19

Adapted from Steamboat Today Are bottle caps recyclable? Should I throw away the milk if the date on the carton has passed? How do I use fewer chemicals to keep bugs off my plants or clean my house? We all want to do our part to reduce waste and put fewer chemicals in our environment, […]

Looking upstream: waste diversion strategies

Adapted from Steamboat Today In the U.S., an average family of four wastes 40% of food purchased, which is $1,500 per year. Reducing food waste is the simplest action you can take to save money and conserve resources. Many people are motivated right now to reduce their carbon footprint but are not sure how. Out […]

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 […]

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 […]

Options exist for turning organic waste into energy

Written by Suzie Romig, YVSC An engaged and inquisitive crowd attended the recent Yampa Valley Sustainability Council Talking Green program on anaerobic digestion to learn how organic waste can be turned into energy and fuel on a variety of levels ranging from do-it-yourself projects to industrial scale equipment that could transform consumer waste at a […]

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 […]