Recycle, cleanup events nearing in Steamboat

Groups to collect items Saturday

Ken Stevens with Waste Management carries a television toward a container filled with electronics to be recycled during the drop-off recycling event in November 2010, hosted by Yampa Valley Recycles and the Yampa Valley Sustainability Council at Meadows Parking Lot. This year's event is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat.

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The recycling drop-off event is accepting a number of items at no charge. There is a charge for these items:

■ Desktop computer (CPU plus mouse & keyboard): $10

■ Monitor: $15

■ Printer: $10

■ TV (tabletop): $20

■ TV (console or projection): $45

■ VCR/DVD/stereo, alarm clock, etc.: $10 each

■ Desktop fax/scanner: $10

■ Cooking oil, motor oil and latex paint: $1 per gallon — no oil-based paint accepted

■ Freon removal from fridges, air conditioners, etc.: $75

— Spring cleaning is in full swing in Routt County, and Saturday will present the opportunity to go about it in an environmentally friendly way.

The Yampa Valley Sustainability Council and Yampa Valley Re­­­cycles are hosting a community recycling drop-off from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Howelsen Hill.

The event coin­­­cides with the fifth annual Routt County Clean-Up Day. People wanting to participate in that should go to the Routt County Courthouse lawn in downtown Steamboat Springs at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. A barbecue is at noon at Howelsen for those who volunteer at Saturday’s events.

The recycling drop-off event will take traditional recyclable residential materials, in addition to other items such as skis, computers and appliances. Items from businesses will not be accepted.

In November, a similar event was hosted in Steamboat. The event collected 50 cubic yards of electronics, hundreds of gallons of paint, 50 bikes, 250 pairs of skis, 125 bike tires and tubes and 1,800 wine corks.

“The overwhelming response to — and success of — the fall drop-off event made it clear there was a need in the community for centralized hard-to-recycle collection events,” said Anne Mudgett, fund coordinator for YVSC.

Organizers will charge a fee for some items. Latex paint, for example, will cost $1 per gallon to recycle.

“Waste Management is also taking laptops and cell, home and office phones for free as a special gesture of their support for the event and to encourage community members to recycle these electronics,” Mudgett said.

A complete list of items being accepted at the event is at

Saturday’s event also is foc­­used on reusing items.

Home ReSource will collect building materials, working appliances, skis and bikes for reuse in the community.

The Macedonian Mission for Humanity, a nonprofit organization in Steamboat Springs, is collecting sports, camping, and school equipment and supplies to go to children’s facilities in Macedonia.

Twin Enviro Services will collect yard waste to be processed at its composting facility in Milner. It is estimated that 430 cars came through November’s recycling event.

“We’re expecting another great turnout,” YVSC coordinator Kim Kline said.


May 20

■ Fluorescent bulb recycling

When: Noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Colorado Mountain College maintenance shop on Bob Adams Drive

Cost: Free

Call: Lyn Halliday at 970-879-6323

More information: The Cents for Steamboat Program, which is affiliated with the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association’s Sustainable Business Program, is hosting a fluorescent bulb recycling drop-off for local businesses. Businesses can bring linear tubular fluorescent bulbs (T12, T8, etc.) of any length and U-shaped fluorescent bulbs. No CFLs and no broken bulbs.

May 20

■ Historic Preservation Forum

When: 1 to 5 p.m.

Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Email: Meg Tully at

More information: Since the last Historic Preservation Forum five years ago, many of the key players within the county’s historic preservation and sustainability arenas have changed. This event will allow the community to meet new faces and to rekindle the exchange about preservation and sustainability challenges and solutions. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jim Lindberg, director of Preservation Initiatives with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. There will be a reception with light appetizers following the presentations.

■ Environmental expo

When: 5 to 7 p.m.

Where: Meadow’s Parking Lot

More information: Event includes information and registration for ReTree Steamboat.

May 21

■ Fifth annual Routt County Clean-Up Day

When: Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

Where: Routt County Courthouse

Contact: Routt County Environmental Health at 970-870-5588 or

More information: Volunteer to clean up our area roadways. New this year is the option to recycle collected material. The event kicks off with coffee and breakfast pastries at 8 a.m. at the Routt County Courthouse. After the Clean-Up, meet from noon to 1 p.m. at Howelsen for a free barbecue featuring local meats and a prize drawing. Volunteers are urged to wear sturdy shoes and long pants and to bring sunscreen, a backpack, water and work gloves. Safety vests and bags will be provided. Online registration for volunteers is strongly encouraged.

■ Community Recycling Drop-Off

When: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Howelsen Hill

Cost: Free, some drop-offs will require a small fee

More information: This drop-off event is for residential individuals only. No commercial drop-offs will be accepted. In addition to the traditional recyclables accepted in Green Machines, such as paper, glass and plastics, a wide range of hard-to-recycle items also will be accepted: electronics (working or not), yard waste, building materials, bikes, bike tires and tubes, wine corks, shoes, scrap metal, appliances (working or not), printer cartridges, children’s books, car batteries, plastic bags, compact fluorescent light bulbs, fluorescent tube light bulbs, skis, bikes and more. Some drop-offs will require a small fee, such as electronics, appliances with Freon, latex paint and motor oil. Visit or for a full list of materials accepted and fees.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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