Voters dump recycle center plan | AspenTimes.com

Voters dump recycle center plan

Abigail Eagye

Aspen voters rejected plans for a new recycle center next to Rio Grande Park on Tuesday by a 1,518-to-1,145 margin.”I’m shocked and thrilled,” said activist Toni Kronberg, who led the opposition to the measure. “I think people are going to be really happy with how wonderful it’s gong to turn out.”The Aspen City Council had already approved the project, following the recommendation of a Convenience and Welfare of the Public process that included everyone from trash haulers and recycling experts to local skateboarders to participate in the planning. The new facility was to replace an existing one at the site.Following the council’s approval, however, Kronberg circulated a petition for a referendum opposing the decision. Defeating the measure only nullifies the ordinance, however. It doesn’t implement any different plans for the space next to the skate park where the bins currently sit.Kronberg said she supports recycling efforts, but she would like to see the school district and the Aspen Skiing Co. “step up to the plate” with drop-off points at the school and the Buttermilk parking lot.Abigail Eagye’s e-mail address is abby@aspentimes.com