The Town of Vail’s celebration of America Recycles Day returns for its fourth year with a collection event for e-waste and paper shredding. This year the collection event will also accept old vinyl banners and used bike tubes. America Recycles Day is held annually on Nov. 15; however due to the opening of Vail Mountain for the 2019-2020 ski season on that date, the Town of Vail has opted to celebrate early. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the charter bus lot on the east side of the Lionshead parking structure.
America Recycles Day is an initiative of Keep America Beautiful and provides a day of awareness to help educate and spur action on recycling 365 days a year. Everyone is encouraged to take the recycling pledge and commit to action over the course of the next year at americarecyclesday.org/. The current national recycling rate is 35 percent while Colorado has a 12 percent recycling rate and Eagle County has a recycling rate of 26 percent.
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 will be recycled with Blue Star Recyclers based in Denver, an E-Steward certified electronic waste recycler. Paper will be shredded by Alliance Moving from Gypsum and then recycled at the Eagle County Materials Recovery Facility. Vinyl banners and bike tubes will be repurposed into messenger bags, bike panniers, purses and other useful items through Alchemy Goods and Green Guru based in Boulder.
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 the State of Colorado to dispose of electronics with your regular trash. This event provides an opportunity for residents to responsibly dispose of old computers, televisions and stereo equipment.
This event currently does not accept household hazardous waste. The Town of Vail’s annual spring cleanup event, which takes place in May, will include this service. All Eagle County residents may also dispose of up to 20 items per visit free of charge at the Eagle County Landfill household hazardous waste facility in Wolcott.
For additional details, visit lovevail.org or contact Beth Markham, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator at 970-479-2333 or firstname.lastname@example.org.