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An attractive recycle center

Dear Editor:I would like to clear up some mis-statements that have appeared recently about the Rio Grande Recycle Center.The redeveloped recycle center is NOT expected to cost the city “close to one million dollars”. Most of the cost will be paid by the Obermeyer development, with the City’s estimated portion being $362,000.The current recycle center’s appearance is not something Aspen can be proud of, with visible bins and large amounts of trash. The design proposed by the citizen task force will be surrounded by attractive landscaping, will hide the bins and lower the overall site, will prevent the windblown trash that fills the area now, and will be a beautiful showcase of Aspen’s environmental ethic. It will have a living roof of native flowers and plants, will use solar power, and will be a demonstration of the use of recycled products in an attractive facility.Residents of Aspen have always strongly supported recycling, and the Rio Grande Recycle Center in its seventeen years in this location has been very highly used. It was chosen because it is close to businesses that use it heavily, and convenient to residents throughout the area, without having to add pollution by driving out of town.The long hours of work of the broad-based citizens task force that created the new design will result in a recycle center that will be beautiful to look at and easy and enjoyable to use. If readers would like to see what the proposed center will look like, we encourage them to come to the Environmental Health Department offices on the second floor of City Hall.Lee CassinEnvironmental Health DirectorCity of Aspen

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