Pitkin County Briefs
Ryan Summerlin April 21, 2014
Waste Management takes over today
Using a single container for all recyclables will soon be possible for those who use Pitkin County’s recycling drop-off facilities. Beginning today, Waste Management will haul recyclables from the Rio Grande, Redstone and landfill recycling centers to the Waste Management material recovery center in Denver for processing.
Recyclers using these facilities no longer will need to separate their fiber recycling (newspaper, cardboard) from their metal and plastic; all recyclables can go in one container at home and one container at the drop-off site. Separation occurs at the material recovery center saving much time, energy and labor.
Only those people who personally bring their recyclables to these sites will be affected. This contract reduces Pitkin County’s recycling subsidy by $180,000 a year and makes recycling simpler.
Those who use these sites now will be able to recycle their chipboard — cereal and beer boxes — and their milk and juice cartons. Those who use curbside recycling must continue to consult with their individual hauler regarding what is and isn’t recyclable.
Items that can be brought to the single stream facilities include plastic Nos. 1 through 7, cardboard, paperboard, glass food and drink containers, metal cans, aluminum, magazines, newspaper, office paper, paper bags, phone books, paperback books, milk and juice cartons.
Do not bring plastic bags of any sort or film, Styrofoam, Bubble Wrap, ceramic dishware, glassware, foam food containers or pizza boxes.
Representatives of the Pitkin County landfill and the city of Aspen Environmental Health Department will be on site at the Rio Grande facility and the landfill to answer questions and explain the changes from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., today through Friday.
Glassier Steering Committee takes up agriculture
Agricultural use of the Glassier Open Space will be the focus when the Glassier Steering Committee reconvenes from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Basalt Town Hall.
Anyone interested in the management plan being drafted for this midvalley open space property is welcome at any or all of the steering committee’s meetings. The committee has met twice since it was formed in February; an organizational meeting held in late February was followed by a March site visit to the open space. Wednesday’s meeting will be the first time the group delves into the specifics of what could take place on the property.
Pitkin County Open Space and Trails is leading the management plan effort. The plan will address recreational and agricultural opportunities on the property, wildlife protections, parking and other issues.
Glassier Open Space, located off Hooks Spur Road in Emma, consists of about 282 acres reaching from the Roaring Fork River up to roughly 8,000 feet on the slopes of the Crown and includes about 140 irrigated acres. The property represents two separate acquisitions involving multiple partners — Pitkin and Eagle counties, Great Outdoors Colorado, the Town of Basalt and the Mid Valley Trails Committee.
Eco design workshop
Eden Vardy and Paul Huttenhower, of Aspen TREE, will present a workshop on learning how to garden to regenerate the earth and provide healthy food at the Pitkin County Landfill from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday. This Living Lab workshop will offer practical, hands-on tips and tactics will be discussed.
— Compiled by staff writer Michael McLaughlin