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ASPEN ” Aspen’s recycling rate increased 2 percent from 2006 to 2007, although it is far lower than the national average, according to a report released Thursday.

The city’s recycling rate increased from 14 percent to 16 percent. The national average is about 30 percent, according to the city’s environmental health department.



To increase participation, the city staff has committed to get more people on board with the city’s recycling program for residential and commercial customers, which includes the hotel and lodging industry.

The recycling report is an effort to objectively measure the success of Aspen’s recycling program and the waste reduction/recycling ordinance the City Council passed in 2005. The ordinance requires that the pickup of recyclables be included with trash service for all residential, commercial and multi-family accounts, and establishes volume-based pricing for residential trash service. Both aspects create incentives for greater recycling, city officials said.




Recycling in the city saved 11,855 tons of carbon dioxide, up from 8,703 tons in 2006, according to the report. The emissions saved from recycling efforts are about equal to the energy use of 450 Aspen homes.

The environmental health office is offering free recycling bins at City Hall. For more information on recycling in the city of Aspen, visit http://www.aspenpitkin.com/depts/44.

WOODY CREEK ” Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, which got its start in a barn in Woody Creek and is now distilled and bottled in LODO (Lower Downtown) Denver, will be featured on national television on St. Patrick’s Day.

On March 17, at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, The History Channel’s new Modern Marvels program, “Whiskey,” will take viewers on a tour around the world revealing techniques and idiosyncrasies of distilleries in Ireland, Scotland, Kentucky, Japan and Colorado.

The program will include a segment on Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey, made in Colorado’s first micro-distillery, according to Jess Graber, founder and majority owner of the company.

The whiskey is produced in limited quantities by a technique that blends the processes used to make both Scotch and Bourbon whiskeys, yielding a taste the combines elements of both varieties. It is the product of a collaboration between Graber, a whiskey enthusiast, and liquor connoisseur George Stranahan, both of Woody Creek.

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