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Tossing throwaway culture in the valley

Dear Editor:

The waters of the Fryingpan and the Roaring Fork splash downvalley happily together these days. And part of their celebratory song may be that more and more of us humans are doing something about the throwaway culture that threatens the health of our earth.

For instance, about 80 percent of the trash generated at this summer’s Basalt River Days was diverted from the landfill, destined to be recycled into new products or composted into fertilizer. This is a pretty impressive statistic, and we can thank Seann Goodman, who was hired by the Basalt Chamber of Commerce to organize the effort.

With advice, bins, signs and so forth from the experienced trash-handlers at the Carbondale Mountain Fair, Seann worked with River Days’ vendors, town of Basalt staff and local volunteers to man six trash stations where visitors learned the art of “trash discrimination.”

Many thanks to him and everyone who helped in this nifty, unglamorous cause.

Ann MacLeod

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