The Town of Vail’s biannual Hard to Recycle event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, July 24 at the Ford Park parking lot. This event had originally been scheduled for May 7 and was postponed to comply with public health orders. During the rescheduled collection day, the event will be held in compliance with all public health guidelines. As such, participants will be asked to practice social distancing when possible and plan to wear a face covering when interacting with the staff and vendors.
The current national recycling rate is 35% while Colorado has a 12% recycling rate and Eagle County has a recycling rate of 28%. Town of Vail has achieved a 27% recycling rate, but compared to the 35% national recycling rate, Vail has a way to go to exceed the national rate. At previous Hard to Recycle events in 2019, Vail was able to recycle over 14 tons of otherwise hard to recycle materials, making a large contribution to the total.
Recycling is one of the easiest opportunities for all of us to save energy to make a positive impact in our community and world. The town’s recycling event is free for residents, property owners and those who work in Vail. Charges may apply for excessive volumes. No commercial collections will be accepted. Electronics waste, including items such as computer monitors, keyboards, printers, televisions, stereo equipment, cell phones, and small appliances, will be recycled with Blue Star Recyclers based in Denver, an E-Steward certified electronic waste recycler.
Household hazardous waste, including batteries, paint and paint related products, lawn and garden products like fertilizers and weed killers, household cleaning products, and motor oil and antifreeze, will be collected by Veolia based in Henderson.
Yard waste will also be collected at the event and taken to the Honeywagon Organics compost facility where it will become compost.
Paper will be shredded by Alliance Moving from Gypsum and then recycled at the Eagle County Materials Recovery Facility.
This event is funded by fees from the “kick the bag habit” program in which a 10-cent per bag fee is collected by the two major grocery stores in Vail for customers who choose to opt out of reusable bags. It is currently illegal in Colorado to dispose of electronics and household hazardous waste with your regular trash. This event provides an opportunity for residents to responsibly dispose of this type of waste free of charge.
The event will be held in compliance with all public health guidelines. Please practice social distancing when possible and plan to wear a face covering when attending the event and interacting with the staff and vendors.
For additional information contact Beth Markham, Town of Vail environmental sustainability coordinator, at 970-479-2333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.