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Top 10 tips for greening your holidays

Article adapted from the Steamboat Pilot Written by: Cameron Hawkins, Waste Diversion Director, YVSC T’is the season to decorate, give gifts and travel – a wonderful time to be with family and friends but also a time that increases waste, energy and your carbon footprint. Yampa Valley Sustainability Council has compiled a list of 10 helpful […]

Last night’s Talking Green: Leveraging Waste with Future Pointe and Brendan McCrann

Future Pointe is a farm outside of Colorado Springs, CO that makes our Zero Waste program look like pattycake.  By reclaiming thousands of pounds of food from the nearby foodbank’s waste stream every week, they make more food: by using it to make compost and making recipes for feed for their pigs and chickens and […]

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 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 […]

Recycling Tips 8: Batteries

Tip 8 in our TV18 PSA series: Batteries~ not all are created equal… Batteries are yet another confusing recycling conundrum… but essentially there are two types of batteries: rechargeable and single use. The single-use alkaline batteries such as AA, AAA, C’s, D’s and 9 volt no longer contain mercury or cadmium and are safe for […]

Recycling Tip 7: VHS Tapes, CDs, DVDs, and cases

Tip 7 in our Recycling PSA series: Tapes, CDs, DVDs, and cases: Most CD and DVD cases are recyclable IF they have a mobius symbol located on the spine of the case, sometimes hard to find. The disks and tapes are not accepted in traditional recycling. Yes, you can recycle them, but not easily – separating […]

Recycling Tip 6: Light Bulbs

Next in our series of Recycling PSAs: Light Bulbs – view the video here: http://youtu.be/bCJYNb-Eimk   As with all our other topics, light bulbs are sometimes recyclable, and sometimes not. If you have older model incandescent light bulbs and floodlight bulbs, those are not recyclable and go in the landfill. These bulbs are not harmful to […]

Recycling Tip 5: Electronics

Fifth in our installment of Recycling Public Service Announcements at Steamboat’s own TV18: Electronic Waste As of July 2013, residents of Colorado are in violation of new solid waste regulations when they dump electronic waste in the trash, or at an unknown dumpster. While it has been for many years and continues to be a violation […]

Recycling Tip 4: To-go coffee and soda cups

Tip #4 in our series:  Paper/plastic to go cups Another item that confuses the masses are disposable paper cups with plastic lids. It goes without saying how much Recycling Champions cut down on the waste stream by bringing their own coffee cup and skipping the fast food lane all together.  But we’re human… so what […]

Recycling Tip 3: Plastic Bags

Tip 3 in our installment of TV18 PSAs: Plastic Bags Even though plastic bags have a mobius and are recyclable, they can not be put in traditional (household or dumpster) recycling streams. They are considered a “soft plastic” which requires a different recycling process than 1-7 hard plastics. There are more soft plastics accepted than […]