Recycle Estes

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Be sure to visit the Events page to see all upcoming recycling meetings and activities.


Estes Recycles Day is on October 21 2017!

Recycle your electronics, paint products, shred your sensitive papers and checks, and shop for freecycled stuff dropped off by others.  On April 22nd, we recycled over 7,000 lb. of electronics, over 1400 gallons of paint, and we shredded a lot of your private records!  You don't need these things acquiring dust at home.  SEE the Events page for details.

Recycle Paint and Paint Products in the Estes Valley!

Do you have paint or paint products to get rid of in the right way? Tim Stolz of Bestway Painting will pick up your materials and either reuse, re-purpose or recycle them in the correct manner -- just give him a call at  970.518.4001. For a list of recyclable materials see our Paint Products page (which contains a number of non-paint products as well).

Recycle Glass Right Here in Estes Park!

Now we don't have to drive out of town to recycle our glass: just drop it into the dumpster near the Events Center, and it will be taken to be turned into useful objects by our recycling partners. It's free, it's easy, and it's the right thing to do!   Here's a map:

Estes Park Glass Recycling Station

Estes Park Glass Recycling Station

Adopt a Duck and Support Recycling!

The Rotary Club of Estes Park's annual Duck Race is May 6, 2017.  Please adopt a duck for $20 to support our efforts to promote the principles of Reduce, Reuse & Recycle in the Estes Valley.  Your donation allows us to purchase wildlife-resistant recycling bins for public spaces, sponsor Earth Day and environmental education programs in our schools, host semiannual FreeCycle events, and maintain this website and other sources of up-to-date information on recycling.  Contact a Recycling Committee member for a Duck Race adoption form or purchase online at epduckrace.org.  Thank you for your support!

Thrift Shops -- A Great Way to Recycle in Estes!

Donating is of great benefit, not only to the individual or organization receiving the donation … but also to the contributor, now full of the warm, fuzzy feelings that result from doing good.  When you donate to a thrift shop, there is the added benefit of NO cost, or even of a possible savings to the individual who is contributing.

BUT – the contribution must be of value!  While the 3 thrift shops abhor sending discards to the landfill, under some circumstances that is the only option available for items that are not useable.  With recent changes at the Estes Park Transfer Station, businesses, including non profits, must pay to recycle – although it is still free for individuals.  When no other option exists, thrift shops must pay to dispose of broken, worn out, unsalvageable items are of no use for reusable intentions and must be recycled or landfilled instead.  So dropping off unusable items (even if recyclable) diminishes the donations available to local non profits through the thrift shop’s charitable efforts.

Sometimes, of course, things simply do not sell and rather than have them absorb space forever, it is necessary to find other solutions.  Both Elizabeth Guild and Village Thrift Shop donate overages, especially clothing, to the Epilepsy Foundation – but still, the items must be CLEAN.  Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, these local shops are always in need of more help.  They do not have the “person power” to launder and mend common donations of clothing and linens.  Nor do they have the wherewithal to provide infinite repairs. Now, that does not mean that the occasional piece is not worth the added effort, but the average torn and dirty clothing, appliances that no longer work, outdated televisions, broken toys, and similar “donations” have no market, even in a thrift shop.  One shop told me that they arrived at work early one morning to be greeted by piles of cat wet sheets!  Whether that was the intended donation or the contribution of a local mountain lion, it proves that donations should NOT be dropped off during the night.

In Estes Park, space is at a premium and all three local thrift shops must limit what they accept to the best offering that will fit.  Priority must be awarded to items in useable condition and repairs must be limited to the expertise and time commitment of current volunteer staff.  Only the intake crews know what they can and cannot accommodate on a given day. What one shop cannot take, another might welcome.  So it becomes vitally important to deliver donations during working hours.

    Elizabeth Guild:  443 Elkhorn Ave. 970-586-7205   10-5 Tues-Sat

    Community Thrift Shop:  429 Elkhorn Ave.  970-586-284410-4 Mon-Sat

    Village Thrift Shop:  1138 Manford Ave. 970-586-161010-4 Mon-Sat

Next week’s article will encompass which Estes Park thrift shops accept what type of donated material.  Watch for it if you have too much “stuff” or you are looking for something “new”.

Bodee says don't forget recycling! 

For tips on how to reduce, reuse, and recycle, be sure to sign up for the Community Recycling Committee's Facebook page.  Use keywords "Estes Park" and "recycling" to find us.  Please "Like" our page, and contribute your own ideas on how we can reduce waste and make our natural resources go further!

Bodee, the Community Recycling Committee's unofficial mascot, would love to see a lot of our volunteers on October 10th, helping to ensure our next FreeCycle event is a success!  (CRC photo)

Bodee, the Community Recycling Committee's unofficial mascot, would love to see a lot of our volunteers on October 10th, helping to ensure our next FreeCycle event is a success!  (CRC photo)

Recycling Meetings Date, Time, and Location

Community Recycling Committee meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of each month, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Wasson Room at the Estes Valley Library.  The day and time is designed to allow people who work to catch a meeting over lunch, and also reduce scheduling conflicts with other recurring community meetings.  Please check the Events page for the latest information on times and locations for meetings as we do need to adjust times and locations periodically due to meeting space availability.


Congratulations to the League of Women Voters of Estes Park on 2015 Awards!

Great news this month from LWVEP outgoing president Jean McGuire:

Seven of us are back from a action-packed and exciting weekend in Boulder for the 2015 LWVCO State Convention.  I have some wonderful news to share as we put a cap on this great year.

At our annual meeting last week, we celebrated our many accomplishments for the year, which will be highlighted in our year-end newsletter coming out this week.  This includes a 34% increase in membership, strides in voter education, community involvement and fundraising. Estes Park was only one of two leagues to grow membership in the past year.  We graced the front page of the newspaper on several occasions for our community voter forums and our presence in the community was rewarded with increased donations to further fund our education and advocacy efforts. 

At the Awards Dinner on Saturday night of the Convention, the State League gave out 4 awards and our League was recognized with 2 of them.  First, the State League recognized us for our accomplishments since the last State Convention by presenting us the “Power Award”  for Outstanding League.  CONGRATULATIONS to all of you!!

Second, Donna Shavlik was awarded the first ever Eva Fifkova Legacy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Our nomination highlighted Donna's many achievements over her lifetime both for the League and for other organizations and I am happy to say, the State League overwhelmingly agreed that Donna should be the inaugural recipient of this award.  Congratulations, Donna!  We are so lucky to have you in our League.

Take time to celebrate these significant accomplishments.  Also, as our new President, Bonnie Seals, laid out last week, think about how you can truly “belong” to our League in the coming year.   

Thanks, Jean

L-R, incoming LWVEP president Bonnie Seals, Donna Shavlik, and outgoing president Jean McGuire after chapter members surprised Donna at home with flowers, balloons, and news of her award. (LWVEP photo)

L-R, incoming LWVEP president Bonnie Seals, Donna Shavlik, and outgoing president Jean McGuire after chapter members surprised Donna at home with flowers, balloons, and news of her award. (LWVEP photo)

 

Resolution of Respect for Jean Weaver!

At the April 14, 2015 Estes Park Town Board meeting, Mayor Bill Pinkham read a Resolution of Respect honoring Jean Weaver, also known as the "Estes Valley Recycling Queen," for her many contributions to the Estes Valley for more than 60 years. Highlights of the Resolution include recognition of her efforts since 1975 to initiate and maintain an active community recycling program, resulting in Estes Park holding the distinction of having the second longest continuously operating recycling program in the State of Colorado, her dedication to informed participation in government through her many contributions to the League of Women Voters of Estes Park, her participation in the Estes Valley Bear Education Task Force, and her service as an advocate for peace through years of peaceful demonstration in Bond Park. 

Read the full text of the town resolution here.

Jean Weaver received a standing ovation along with the Town of Estes Park's Resolution of Respect April 14th at Town Hall.  (Town of EP photo)

Jean Weaver received a standing ovation along with the Town of Estes Park's Resolution of Respect April 14th at Town Hall.  (Town of EP photo)

Estes Park Recycling Tips

1.  Practice the 3R’s:  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  Before placing an item in your trash or recycling, ask if you can reuse or repurpose the item, or whether it could be put to use by others.

2.  Keep it simple.  Recycling guidelines change frequently in response to improvements in recycling technologies and markets.  Rather than be deterred, keep it simple!  Focus on plastics stamped with a recycling triangle with a number 1 through 7, aluminum cans, and glass bottles & jars.  Recycling these items alone will significantly reduce materials destined for the landfill. 

3.  Remember to take reusable shopping bags on trips to the grocery store or other retail businesses.  This not only diverts material destined for the Larimer County Landfill, but may also reduce the amount of plastic blown into shrubs and trees and ingested by Estes Valley wildlife.

4.  Visit www.recycleestes.org regularly for the latest information on Estes Park recycling opportunities and guidelines.  You can view or download the “Estes Park Community Recycling Guide” there. 

5.  Donate mildly worn clothing, furniture, and household items by visiting or contacting one of the local resale shops:

·      Elizabeth Guild – 443 W. Elkhorn, Estes Park, 586-7205

·      Estes Park Community Thrift Shop – 429 W. Elkhorn, Estes Park, 586-2844

6.  Become an Eco-Shopper by making purchasing decisions based on the environmental impact of a product.  According to the Colorado Association for Recycling, the average American throws out their weight in packaging every 30 to 40 days.  One out of every $10 spent at the grocery store pays for packaging.  How do you eco-shop?

·      Buy only what you need, and avoid impulse buying by taking a list to the grocery store and sticking to it.  It can also help save money.  Ask the question, “Do I really need it?”  If the answer is yes, select the alternative that is the most environmentally responsible.

·      Reduce waste.  Avoid over-packaged products and distinguish between packaging used to protect health from packaging that is used for marketing.

·      Buy recyclable.  Try to buy items that are recyclable in Estes Park.

·      Buy durable and reusable items rather than one-time use products.

·      Buy recycled content.  Look for items and packaging that state clearly in writing that they are made from recycled materials.  The more post-consumer content, the better.

7.  Have fun!  Challenge yourself and your family to see how much you can reduce your waste footprint and increase the amount of recyclables from your household.  You will be surprised to see what a difference you and your family can make!

8.  Get involved.  Support the Community Recycling Committee of the League of Women Voters (LWV&CRC) and other local sustainability groups.  Find information on meetings and volunteer opportunities at www.recycleestes.org.

Free recycling bumper stickers still available

Show your support and promote awareness of recycling with a free bumper sticker!  Request your bumper sticker using the form on the "Contact" page of this site or pick one up at the Estes Valley Library.  Help us show that Estes Park supports sustainability and our beautiful environment!

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