Recent News

The latest news affecting recycling, waste management, and other related issues.

  • 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

    Paul Singer, Staff Writer
    USA TODAY

    If you are recycling at home, you are probably doing it wrong.

    That is why a worker lunged to grab a garden hose off the conveyor belt at a Waste Management recycling facility here Wednesday before it got caught in a giant sorting… learn more »

  • 2017 Rate Increase

    Posted November 9, 2016

    Important Notice

    Your Rates Are Changing Effective December 1st, 2016

    We sincerely thank you for choosing Mountain Waste & Recycling for your solid waste & recycling services. It is our privilege to serve you at your home, business, construction site, or special event.

    We are informing you in…

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  • 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

    Mary Shinn, Herald Staff Writer
    Durango Herald

    Even though recycling is on the rise regionally, consumers in Southwest Colorado are sending more trash to landfills than they were in 2007. For example, WCA Waste, which operates the Bondad Landfill, has seen an almost 7 percent increase from 243,487 cubic… learn more »

  • We Have Some GREAT News! thumbnail

    We Have Some GREAT News!

    Posted May 5, 2016

    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: learn more »

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

    Through the looking glass, some envisioning a recycling rebound

    Posted April 28, 2016

    Jason Blevins
    The Denver Post

    Momentum Recycling, Alpine Waste see opportunity in shattered bottles, bailed Styrofoam

    John Lair rattles a plastic bag full of broken glass.

    There are bits of plastic, paper labels and chunks of food mixed in with the green, amber and clear — or flint —… learn more »

  • 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

     Standard Examiner, March 18, 2016
    Doug Gibson

    There’s a simple reason that the Davis County landfill recently ended its drop-off recycling program — it was not supporting itself, victim to trends outside its control.

    Besides an increase in curbside recycling firms in Davis County — the chief culprit for the… learn more »

  • Partnership to keep 
Basalt recycling facility running thumbnail

    Partnership to keep 
Basalt recycling facility running

    Posted January 29, 2016
    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. learn more »
  • 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

    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. learn more »

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

    Reduce, Reuse, Remove The Cellophane: Recycling Demystified

    Posted January 26, 2016

    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. learn more »

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

    Posted January 26, 2016

    "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." learn more »

  • Pitkin County wants more equitable contributions for recycling service thumbnail

    Pitkin County wants more equitable contributions for recycling service

    Posted January 20, 2016

    Basalt only covering cost of Willits facility through April Pitkin County commissioners had a long discussion on the moral benefits of the area’s recycling program on Tuesday, but stressed that municipalities need to step up their share of funding to support the costly amenity into the future. The high cost of recycling service is being compounded by the commodity markets falling drastically in the last few years, making recycling facilities unprofitable. The county is now looking at having municipalities share the cost of service at a possible 50-50 clip. That would mean an annual match of $97,000 from the city of Aspen, $23,300 from Basalt, and $56,600 from Snowmass Village for operations. learn more »

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    What Happens to Your Recyclables After They Are Picked Up?

    Posted January 20, 2016
    Have you ever wondered what happens to your recycled items after you leave them out on the curb? See all chapters of the recycling process in this short 3 minute video. Watch now. learn more »
  • Recycling Poses Conundrum for Waste Companies, Local Governments thumbnail

    Recycling Poses Conundrum for Waste Companies, Local Governments

    Posted January 19, 2016

    The vast majority of recyclable materials from the Roaring Fork Valley are being shipped across the Pacific Ocean. That’s according to a major area trash and recycling hauler. Recycling has been a hot topic among leaders in the Valley, as the price of collecting and trucking plastic, glass, and other materials out of the area is getting more expensive.

    "The chances of your recyclables going to China are probably in the 95% - 100% range,” says Scott Eden. He’s founder and President of Carbondale-based Mountain Waste and Recycling, the combination of the two companies Intermountain Waste & Recycling and Mountain Roll-Offs, Inc. “And there are a bunch of factors, that none of us control, that impact [sending recyclables to China]." learn more »
  • Extending the life of the landfill thumbnail

    Extending the life of the landfill

    Posted November 16, 2015

    For many Pitkin County residents, the only thing more loathsome than waste is wasted space. But in recent years, local officials have warned that the lifespan of the county’s landfill is limited — not an uncommon problem for many of the nation’s communities, and indeed, globally. But it’s a problem compounded locally by sky-high property values that make the potential use of any more county land for waste disposal unrealistic. Unfortunately for county residents, the eventual closing of the landfill will greatly increase the fees they’re charged to have their trash hauled away. Pitkin County solid-waste manager Cathy Hall said the county is doing everything it can to push that endpoint for the landfill further into the future." learn more »