Nov 15, 2010 8:20 PM by Stephanie Collins
Monday marked America Recycles Day, celebrated on November 15th every year since 1997. It's a day to inform, educate and promote recycling in the US.
At the Recycle Depot located in Bulbs Plus in Colorado Springs, they properly dispose of universal waste. things like electronics, batteries and light bulbs, "What were trying to do is keep them out of the landfill so you don't get mercury or lead in the landfill which then leaches down into the water system," explains David Parkin, owner of the Recycle Depot/Bulbs Plus.
At Waste Management located off Fillmore and 4th St in the Springs, the free recycling drop off is always busy, "We handle bottles and jars, plastic numbers one through seven, the tin and aluminum drop off, newspaper, office paper," says Clint Moreford of Waste Management.
Another big operation in both the Springs and Pueblo is through Waste Connections, "Since we introduced in 1998, diverted over 2,000 tons from the waste stream into recycling," explains Larry Shea of Waste Connections.
Waste connections offers even more incentive to recycle, offering rewards for the amount you recycle, "As your can gets tipped it's weighed and you get rewards points, then go in and redeem them for vouchers online," says Shea.
While Waste Management's recycle drop off center is free, most of the rest charge by the item or the pound.
Click the names to learn more about some of the companies that provide recycling in Southern Colorado: