The Community Recycling Committee of the League of Women Voters of Estes Park (LWV&CRC) was established in 2007 to increase recycling in our beautiful valley through education and improving access to recycling services. We are nonprofit and nonpartisan, and welcome volunteers and others interested in promoting Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle practices in our community.
The League of Women Voters & Community Recycling Committee has concentrated on making recycling VISIBLE in the Estes Valley. Many, many ways to recycle exist here, and have existed for years, thanks to Jean Weaver, one of our founders, but many of our citizens and business did not know how to go about really recycling in such a way that recycled materials got reworked or reused. The Committee took it as our mission to discover who recycles what and share it by means of our Planet Partners program.
Community Recycling Committee (CRC) meetings are open to anyone, and it is not necessary to join the League of Women Voters to attend or be a part of our outreach. The committee meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. in the George Hix Room of the US Bank Building at 563 East Elkhorn Avenue. Please join us!
Our association with the League of Women Voters of Estes Park (LWVEP)--which encourages informed and active participation in government--has many advantages including nonprofit status for our educational programs and accounting & oversight of donated funds. We also benefit from the expertise and volunteer support from league members. (Consider joining LWVEP! Membership is open to men and women.)
Some examples of the committee’s accomplishments and work we are doing include:
· Developing an education and outreach program which includes this website and booths at events such as Farmers’ Markets and Earth Day to share current “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle” information
· Establishing Green Awards to recognize people or organizations for innovation and commitment to recycling and to share these best practices
· Securing grants and donations to place a solar-powered recycling compactor in Bond Park and purchase “Zero Hero” recycling tents to encourage recycling at town events
· Executing a State of Colorado grant in partnership with the Town of Estes Park and local wildlife advocacy groups to purchase and install 27 animal-resistant trash/recycling bins in downtown areas
· Partnering with our local schools and teachers to provide grant-funded reusable shopping bags which students decorate with environmental themes and take home and purchasing magnetized trash bin lids to support a student project to acquire metal utensils for the cafeteria to eliminate one-time-use plasticware
The CRC has adopted the national LWV position to support policies to reduce the generation and to promote the reuse and recycling of solid and hazardous waste; policies to ensure safe treatment, transportation, storage, and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes in order to protect public health, air, water and land resources; and planning and decision making processes that recognize suitable solid and hazardous wastes as potential resources.
Our current focus areas:
· Reduce the proliferation of one time use shopping bags
· Increase awareness of recycling opportunities in the Estes Valley
· Raise the current 12% recycling rate to 18%
· Decrease the 18% of Estes Valley households that do not recycle
In addition, the Community Recycling Committee will continue to implement and expand education initiatives designed for students in the Park School District, provide a timely and accurate information program including printed recycling guides, produce a redesigned and improved RecycleEstes.org website and Facebook page, and share articles and recycling tips in Estes Park's two primary newspapers.