Four Corners Recycling Initiative Update
by Stephanie Ogburn
A new public recycling bin is now open to all residents of Dolores. You can drop off mixed metal, mixed paper, and corrugated cardboard at the bin, located at North 14th Street, next to the Dolores High School complex. The Four Corners Recycling Initiative wants to thank the Dolores School District and the Town of Dolores, as well as area residents, for supporting recycling and making this possible.
The Four Corners Recycling Initiative just completed its sixth month of existence, which culminated in the second recycling stakeholders meeting, held on January 13, 2009. At this meeting, the second of four stakeholder gatherings, the Initiative presented on its goals and accomplishments to date. During the meeting, the Initiative also sought comment from stakeholders such as area schools and towns, the City of Cortez, the Montezuma County Landfill, Mesa Verde National Park, Aramark, and M-CAN members about future directions for the project and where to direct funding priorities if the Initiative were to seek a second grant from the state of Colorado.
General stakeholder consensus was to move forward with increasing recycling options in Montezuma County, primarily through developing a cardboard or paper route throughout the county where area businesses can have their recyclable commodities picked up on a regular basis. Stakeholders agreed that focusing on commodities such as paper, metal, and cardboard, which are easily recyclable within a 200-mile radius of the Four Corners, are a priority. Another long-term goal is to work with area gravel and construction businesses to see if glass could be recycled and re-used locally for various road-building and construction activities.
To date, the Four Corners Recycling Initiative, in conjunction with the Montezuma County Landfill, has diverted 37.75 tons of material from the county landfill. Public recycling containers, accepting mixed metal, corrugated cardboard, and mixed paper, are available at the Dolores School, the Dolores Public Lands Center, the Montezuma County Landfill, and the Mancos School. See our Web site: www.4cornersrecycles.org for more information.
The landfill manager, Deborah Barton, has been an invaluable resource in supporting the baling and diversion of recyclable materials in this process. If you see Mrs. Barton when you take your waste or recyclables to the landfill, be sure to thank her for her hard work!
Although we are proud of recycling 37.75 tons of materials since September, when we opened our recycling stations, this quantity remains far below our goal of 138 tons of recyclable materials diverted per month from the landfill. In order to come closer to our goal of diverting more recyclable materials, we need to capture additional paper and cardboard waste. Paper and cardboard make up the majority of recyclable waste that typically goes un-recycled.
The Initiative plans to implement a survey of area businesses to determine their willingness to pay for cardboard and paper recycling pickup at their place of business. We are recruiting M-CAN members to support in distributing and completing this survey. If you would like to participate in surveying area businesses, please e-mail email@example.com.
The Initiative will be applying for a second grant from the State of Colorado to support recycling in 2009-10; the deadline for the grant application is March 13, 2009. We hope to use the next grant application to support a potential cardboard or paper route to greatly increase the quantity of materials diverted from the Montezuma County Landfill.
As always, the Initiative welcomes feedback and support from M-CAN members. You can find out more about recycling on our Web site: www.4cornersrecycles.org, and by e-mailing Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Four Corners Recycling Initiative helps Montezuma County Recycle.