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Aspen to celebrate America Recycles Day

Karl Herchenroeder
The Aspen Times

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What: Ski equipment recycling and compost demonstration

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday

Where: Rio Grande Recycling Center

In a joint effort today, Aspen and Pitkin County will show how to convert old ski equipment into furniture as well as provide tips on composting.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rio Grande Recycling Center, participants can learn how to turn skis and snowboards into benches. Organizers also will provide free containers for residential, curbside compost pickup.

“A lot of folks don’t realize they can have free curbside compost pickup in Aspen,” said Liz O’Connell, waste reduction and environmental health specialist for the city.

Aspen gives out 6-gallon and 32-gallon containers, with most people opting for the 6-gallon, which O’Connell said is good for typical waste output.

Pitkin County recycling technician Dagoberto Canas will put on the ski-equipment demonstration. After he builds his own bench on-site, participants will walk away with direction on how to do the same at home.

The event is part of America Recycles Day, a national effort that began in 1997. The recycling rate in the U.S. is 34.7 percent. If that number were increased to 75 percent, it would create nearly 1.5 million jobs in the U.S. by 2030, according to a report by the Tellus Institute with Sound Resource Management. Learn more at

O’Connell said the city and county work together on all waste-reduction activity, and she encourages anyone who wants to participate to reach out before the event, though walk-ups also are encouraged.

For more information about waste reduction and recycling, contact O’Connell at 970-429-1831 or Jack Johnson at 970-429-2885.