Want to be greener? Learn more about sustainability in the Yampa Valley:

Calling all businesses with hard-to-recycle items

In May, Yampa Valley Sustainability Council is hosting a Commercial Recycling Drop-Off. At this one-stop-drop event, businesses can recycle scrap metal, ink cartridges, mattresses, paint, batteries, electronics, books, light bulbs and other materials based on demand. Data/hard-drive destruction will be available upon request. This event is by appointment only and for businesses only. No residential […]

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 […]

Lightworks of Steamboat’s Nancy Schwanke talks bulbs with TV18

Our longtime partner and friend Nancy Schwanke from Lightworks of Steamboat talks about disposing of old lightbulbs, which lightbulbs are best to use, the Bulb Eater, and the CenSible Energy lighting rebates! This is a VERY informative 8 minutes with the local lighting guru! Check it out!

Textile waste – what do you do with it?

submitted by Molly at DejaVu Fleece, flannel, corduroy, cotton, nylon, denim, wool, and linen. What can you do with these fibers when you’re finished wearing them, sleeping on them, or draping them over your windows?  There are many ways to donate, upcycle, or reuse textiles, materials, and clothing that can benefit both your community and the […]

YVSC creates scope of work for feasibility study on recycling

Tom Ross’ article, the Pilot’s editorial, letters to the editor, and the many calls and emails we’ve received all demonstrate that people in Steamboat feel passionately about recycling! And many people have opinions and theories about the best approach to recycling that is sustainable financially and environmentally. However, no one has all of the data […]

Waste Management enacts fee for recycling service at yard

If you haven’t heard, Waste Management began charging non-customers for recycling drop off at the Downhill Drive location, effective today (January 6, 2014). We realize this impacts our recycling efforts, including the Green Machine, and are currently working with both City and County, as well as haulers, on finding reliable long-term solutions for the public’s […]

New electronics this holiday? Recycle the old and help fund SS!

Help fund Sustainable Schools while responsibly Recycling!!  Sustainable Schools is doing its part to help properly recycle all types of old cell phones and other small electronics (P&S cameras, tablets and MP3 players). WHERE? Collection boxes are located: In the lobby of Wells Fargo Bank in downtown Steamboat Springs at Third and Lincoln Lobby hours are […]

Green up your Thanksgiving

reprinted from http://environment.about.com/od/greenthanksgiving/tp/ef_thanksgiving.htm Thanksgiving Day is an American holiday that is loaded with tradition, so why not start a new tradition in your family by making Thanksgiving a green and eco-friendly celebration from start to finish? Here are 10 tips to help you capture the spirit of the original Thanksgiving, and to give your holiday […]

Recycling Tip 11: Holiday Lights

New this year to YVR, several drop off locations are available for the public to take their old or broken holiday lights to have them recycled:  Walmart, Natural Grocers, and Ace Hardware.  The first two locations have bins located outside the business and are collected and recycled by Twin Enviro. Ace Hardware has partners with Lights […]

Recycling Tip 9: Where do my recyclables go?

We’ve heard it time and time again: I don’t recycle because I know it all goes to the landfill.  RUBBISH! (pun intended) Riddle me this: recyclables such as aluminum and cardboard are hot commodities, taking in about $2 a pound right now. Loads that go to the landfill cost about $15 a truckload. So if […]