The Recycling Division has been committed to multi stream recycling from the beginning. With the public’s help in keeping materials separated, we maintain trash and contamination rates well below industry averages, and we’re able to process and ship clean, high-grade commodities. Single stream recycling programs that combine materials together have much higher contamination rates that result in low-quality materials, which often must be downcycled or landfilled and are harder to sell.
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Compost/Yard Waste collection occurs every week, on the same day as trash collection, April thru October.
No. Recycling post-consumer packaging materials is generally not profitable. Most materials cost more to process and ship than what they raise in revenue. While aluminum brings in more revenue than other materials, that money is used to offset some of the costs to run the recycling program. Scrap metal facilities can pay for aluminum cans because scrap metal is profitable enough to maintain a free-standing business. Western Metals (970-242-9500) and Pacific Steel & Recycling (970-241-2551) both pay for aluminum and other metals.
You can find where to take hard-to-recycle items, such as appliance, electronics, batteries, and light bulbs here.
It is extremely unlikely that a recycling route will be cancelled. Only one route day in the last 20 years was cancelled due to weather.