In July 2012, Yampa Valley Recycles and Yampa Valley Sustainability Council merged in order to continue our collaborative efforts more efficiently and together continue the efforts of recycling and education on recycling in the Yampa Valley.
For any questions about recycling in the Yampa Valley, please contact YVR’s Administrator:
Emilie Rogers, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-871-9299 ex. 103
To learn more about recycling or join the advisory team, attend a public YVR Community Meeting, on the first Thursday of every month at 12:00 PM in room 113, Centennial Hall, in Steamboat Springs.
To get more info, go to the Recycling Guidelines
YVR believes it is possible for people to co-exist with the environment without depleting natural resources for polluting the environment. We aim to expand and support comprehensive recycling programs in the Yampa Valley by educating, promoting, and implementing creative solutions to help communities reduce, reuse, and recycle.
We have a strong sense of citizenship towards our community, both locally and globally. We feel a responsibility to encourage a “Stewardship of the Earth” in the projects we promote and in the way we live our lives.
“The Yampa Valley is an open river valley located with Routt and Moffat counties in northwest Colorado. The Yampa Valley refers to the entirety of these two counties, its six incorporated municipalities and numerous towns, from Dinosaur in west Moffat county to Toponas in south Routt County. The area encompasses 7063 square miles and holds an estimated 1997 population of 29,812 people”. (The Yampa Valley Partners Community Indicators Project 1999 report).
Established in 1989, Yampa Valley Recycles is comprised of a dedicated group of citizens, representing Routt County, concerned with promoting the recycling of solid waste and educating the public on reducing, re-using, and recycling. It is our responsibility and stated goal this coming year to increase community awareness of recycling options in the Yampa Valley in order to increase the total tonnage of solid waste recycled.
In Routt County, Waste Management (WM) is the largest local solid waste and recycling hauler. They provide free residential curbside recycling pickup biweekly within the city limits of Steamboat Springs, including the Steamboat II subdivision, condominium recycling and cardboard recycling for retail businesses for a fee. In Hayden, recycling pickup is offerd biweekly.
WM maintains a Small Materials Facility (SMRF) in Steamboat Springs that houses a City-owned baler. Citizens are allowed to drop off recyclables at the SMRF. Materials accepted include aluminum cans, tin cans, glass, magazines, newspaper, office paper (no neon), plastic bottles #1 through #7, corrugated cardboard, and wax-lined milk and juice cartons.
The landfill in Routt County is located in Milner and is owned and operated by Twin Landfill, Inc. In August 1998, the Board of Routt County Commissioners instituted a tipping fee, assessed at the landfill, to assist local recycling efforts.
In February 1998, the City of Steamboat Springs passed a resolution adopting a Recycling Policy recommended by Yampa Valley Recycles. In April, 2000, the City of Steamboat Springs passed an ordinance requiring Waste Management to offer residential curbside recycling free of charge.
Moffat County’s landfill is municipally owned and operated. They are the solid waste hauler within their county and offer no recycling services. Materials recycled by the private sector include aluminum, scrap metal, and used motor oil.
Yampa Valley Recycles is a City of Steamboat Springs advisory committee given formal status by City Council resolution in 1990 to advise and oversee the curbside program. During the next decade, the committee dwindled down to a few City and County employees without much community representation. In 1997, with the resurgence of interest due to the glass crisis and ensuing solution, a new organizational flow chart was needed and created to reflect the available talents of the leadership within the organization. In 1999, Yampa Valley Recycles evolved into this model: a Steering Committee composed of present officers, last year’s officers, and all previous Chairpersons. Another 20+ volunteers, business representatives, and government liaisons who attend general membership monthly meetings and assist with decision-making, tasks, projects, and administrative support.
Strategic AlliancesIn addition to the outstanding public sector support Yampa Valley Recycles receives, members represent a diverse group of businesses and interests within the community including: Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, Waste Management, and Twin Landfill.
- Make recycling, reduction, and reuse in the Yampa Valley more convenient and cost effective in order to increase the total tonnage of recyclable materials diverted from the landfill.
- Support comprehensive sustainable recycling programs that serve all residents, businesses, and guests.
- Nurture relationships with our communities, Steamboat Springs City Council, Routt County Board of commissioners, local waste handlers, private industry, as well as national, state, and local organizations.
- Foster an ethic of “Stewardship of the Earth” by providing information on what, where, how, and why the public should reduce, reuse, and recycle.
- Encourage environmental legislation that supports our vision and mission.
- Obtain ongoing funding sources to support our programs and projects.
- Expand the membership base and increase public participation in reduction, reuse, and recycling programs.
- Promote reuse, “buy recycled” programs, and end-use market development to “close the loop”.
- Utilize measurable indicators to evaluate our programs on an on-going basis.