All things metal – Estes Park Trail-Gazette
Metal, like glass, is interminably recyclable. Although separation may require tools or heat, and some knowledge, metal is rarely irretrievably combined with other materials. I believe we can rescue nearly all metal from the landfill. Until we have better solutions in Estes, we rely on Estes Recycles Day to recover scrap metal and electronics. This year’s date is August 7.
But before we begin to list the various ways to save our metal resources, there are two addendums to last week’s glass article. Both Aspen Eyecare and Wendy’s Optical both collect old eye glasses for the Lion’s Club. Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Boulder) has just announced that they will now recycle drinking glassware, glass tableware (plates, bowls, etc.), and other household items made of glass such as glass awards and trophies, air fresheners, and candle holders. Naturally, if still useable, these items should be offered to the thrift shops first. However, chipped, even broken glass is acceptable in source separated recycling.
Contributions to the single stream recycling in Estes, i.e. the Transfer Station [$] and the Residential Recycling Center [free], are transported and recycled by Larimer County. The single stream bins collect cans, including aerosols, plus single use pie pans and aluminum foil. ALL recyclables must be empty, clean, free of food residue, and dry. Note: Businesses are not permitted to use the RRC. While these items are also accepted at collection points along the Front Range (Hwy 34 and 36), those locations may charge extra fees for non-residents who do not contribute to the taxes that support the service.
Beyond that: Please offer still reusable items to the local thrift shops (Village Thrift and Elizabeth Guild) or take advantage of the free ads (for free items) in this newspaper and Facebook: Buy, Sell Trade, Give-away to extend the life of things you no longer want. Locally in the Estes Valley, EPNRC will arrange to tow immovable vehicles donated to them – free of charge. If you are a customer of Estes Park Power and Communication, you can recycle a working refrigerator and receive a $35 rebate. Reusable construction items (including, but not limited to, bolts and screws, tools, and appliances) can be delivered to Uncle Benny’s in Loveland. They purchase new and used items to resell for reuse.
Electronics: By State law, electronics may not be placed into landfill or single stream recycling bins, but MUST be source separated and recycled by certified recyclers. Timberline and Larimer County consider microwaves to be electronic. Larimer County has a separate recycling area on the Landfill campus. Timberline Recycling in Fort Collins, Loveland Recycling, and Eco-Cycle CHaRM (Boulder) handle electronics in their hard-to-recycle yards and there are several private electronic recyclers as well. (Just type “electronic recycling” into your search engine.) All electronic recyclers charge fees, and there is also variation in what they accept. Please contact the individual location for more information.
Scrap Metal: Because metal recyclers pay for scrap metal, items that qualify are often (not always) exempt from facility fees. At Loveland Recycling and at Eco-Cycle, microwaves are designated as scrap metal. … Eco-cycle will accept most items (except electronics) that are 50% or more metal as “scrap metal”. Items range from bolts and screws to dishwashers and water heaters. For small items there is a bin at the Allenspark collection yard. Loveland will recycle large and small non-electronic appliances, fencing, wire, and empty fire extinguishers. Timberline recycles wire, extension cords, holiday lights, and cables, small metal items (50% rule), plus empty lawn mowers, snow blowers and similar items with small engines. Larimer County will accept large appliances at the Resource Recovery Center (landfill campus). Down both Hwy 34 and Hwy 36, many private metal recyclers pay for metal discards. Just search for “metal recycler.” The one my household frequents pays 6 cents to $2 per pound depending upon exactly what and how much we take to them.
This is a mere summary of metal options, and here the details are quite incomplete. Most websites for collection yards have an A to Z list where you can type in the exact item you wish to recycle. Many also offer phone and email for more detailed explanations. o, with this broad array of options, the question is not can we, it is will we.
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