History of Recycling Cardboard in EP
Jan. 2002 - Honor Society dumpster for cardboard recycling placed on town land for trial period through June.
Aug. 2003 - Pilot cardboard recycling program begun at Transfer Station.
Oct. 2003 - Newly formed Estes Park Citizens for Recycling determine the need that business has no local place to recycle their cardboard. UPS Regional Manager reports cardboard coming to EP in the summer on UPS trucks equals the daily volume of the entire city of Boulder.
Oct. 2003 - EPCR/Bruce Grant present $17,000 grant request at Trustee Budget meeting. Trustees agree to move forward, but change direction after Waste Management promise to provide the same service.
Nov. 2003 - Pilot program discontinued - Insufficient volume
March 2007 - The League of Women Voters form a recycling committee. The amount of waste being diverted by recycling is 5%.
Feb. 2008 - David Born develops a planning meeting for acquiring a Compactor/Bailer.
May 2008 - An extensive survey (343 tallied) shows that businesses would be very interested in recycling, but don’t have manpower. The greatest need is to recycle cardboard and that many businesses work hard to recycle.
2008 - The LWV Recycling Committee develops a proposal to create and operate a recycling center in EP which includes a free cardboard and other material drop off for the business community.
Nov. 2008 - The Mayor states that recycling issues will need to be coordinated with the Town, Larimer County, and the waste hauler(s).
Sept. 2010 - "Whereas, the Town of Estes Park has determined the complex business of collecting, processing and transferring of recycled materials is the responsibility of private enterprise, and does not intend to build a recycling facility or buy equipment to process, or transfer recyclable material." The Board of Trustees resolve "that there are sufficient private enterprise options for citizens and visitors to recycle material by use of the private enterprise recycling options in the Estes Valley and surrounding communities." Excerpt from document.
2011 - Pilot program instituted and residential cardboard and paperboard (cereal boxes etc) accepted at the Transfer Station on Elm St in Estes Park