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  • Recycling is in trouble – and it might be your fault thumbnail

    Recycling is in trouble – and it might be your fault

    Posted April 27, 2017 by joni
  • 2017 Rate Increase

    Posted November 9, 2016 by patience
  • Recycling is growing, but Southwest Colorado is sending more trash to landfills thumbnail

    Recycling is growing, but Southwest Colorado is sending more trash to landfills

    Posted August 3, 2016 by patience
  • We Have Some GREAT News! thumbnail

    We Have Some GREAT News!

    Posted May 5, 2016 by patience

    MWfaviconOver the past year, Mountain Waste & Recycling has taken significant steps to reduce our impact in the neighborhoods of Carbondale. The two actions listed below already have resulted in far less truck traffic on Carbondale streets and a reduction in vehicle noise in the neighborhoods near Town Hall:

  • Through the looking glass, some envisioning a recycling rebound thumbnail

    Through the looking glass, some envisioning a recycling rebound

    Posted April 28, 2016 by patience
  • End of Davis landfill drop-off recycling resulted from international trends thumbnail

    End of Davis landfill drop-off recycling resulted from international trends

    Posted April 7, 2016 by patience
  • Partnership to keep 
Basalt recycling facility running thumbnail

    Partnership to keep 
Basalt recycling facility running

    Posted January 29, 2016 by patience
    County, town talk 50-50 split on operations cost A popular recycling center in Willits will remain open for the time being after the town of Basalt and Pitkin County discussed an informal agreement during Tuesday evening’s joint meeting. The county is looking at a 50-50 share of costs with the town to keep the needed facility operating and recyclables out of the landfill. Basalt had said it would no longer help fund the facility, which is operated by Waste Management, come the end of April. The town has been subsidizing the recycling drop-off center to the tune of $3,300 per month since September.
  • Low Oil Prices Interfere With What Recyclers Are Paid For Plastic thumbnail

    Low Oil Prices Interfere With What Recyclers Are Paid For Plastic

    Posted January 26, 2016 by patience

    The price of oil has been on a downward dive for a couple of years. This has been great for some businesses and not so for others. One industry hit especially hard is the recycling business. DAVID GREENE, HOST: The price of oil has been on a downward dive for a couple years now, and one business hit especially hard by low oil prices is the recycling business. Here's Stacey Vanek Smith from our Planet Money team. STACEY VANEK SMITH, BYLINE: Last spring, oil prices had just dropped in half from $120 a barrel to about $60 a barrel, and all of these recycling plants were going out of business. To figure out why, I visited Tom Outerbridge at Sims Recycling in Brooklyn, right near where live.

  • Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified thumbnail

    Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified

    Posted January 26, 2016 by patience

    It's easy to think we're being virtuous when we fill up the blue recycling bin and put it on the curb. But it's clear we have embraced some magical thinking when it comes to what can be recycled. NPR's Dianna Douglas visited a waste management plant in Elkridge, Md., to get the answers from Michael Taylor, director of recycling operations for the plant. Taylor's No. 1 tip: Don't recycle plastic bags, even if they're full of newspaper. They gum up the whole processing system. Every few hours Taylor has to shut down the machines to remove all the plastic.

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    With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

    Posted January 26, 2016 by patience

    "In many municipalities around the country, the days of sorting your recyclables for curbside pickup are long gone, replaced by a system called "single stream" recycling. But what happens after all those bits of plastic, paper, glass and metal get put in the bin? Because it's often collected by the same workers who pick up the garbage, it's easy to wonder if the recyclables make their way to the dump, too. But single-stream recycling ends up at a place called a materials recovery facility. An MRF is part warehouse, part industrial plant; a single facility can process hundreds of tons every day, using workers and high-tech machines."