Breckenridge recycling site reopens today |

Breckenridge recycling site reopens today

Daily News staff report

BRECKENRIDGE – A newly paved Breckenridge Recycling Drop-off Center reopened this morning with a first-ever coat of asphalt, a new place to recycle paperboard, some new bins, signs and a general facelift.

The Summit Recycling Project (SRP) opened the Breckenridge site in 1993 with the support of many volunteers, local businesses, the town and the Summit County government.

Summit County donates the space for the center.

The center’s 10-year anniversary is marked by the long-awaited paving of the site.

“Our recyclers have been asking us for years to pave the drop-off centers,” said SRP director Carly Wier, “and thanks to a grant from the town of Breckenridge, we were finally able to cover the mud and dirt with asphalt.”

The pavement will improve drainage, convenience and the cleanliness of the site.

“It was often a huge mud pit,” Wier said, referring to the state of the dirt lot in the springtime.

Aside from the fresh pavement, Breckenridge recyclers will see a new, large, blue bin for mixed paper.

SRP is testing a new market for mixed paper, which includes magazines, newspapers, office paper and junk mail.

No cardboard, brown paper bags, phone books or paperboard (like cereal boxes) are allowed in the mixed paper bin.

“Perhaps as exciting as our pavement is our new program to collect paperboard, such as from cereal boxes and six-pack containers,” Wier said.

SRP’s new buyer for mixed paper has agreed to accept paperboard for recycling.

Packaging makes up about a third of all municipal solid waste, and Summit County residents have not been able to recycle this material until now because of the cost involved in recycling the material.

For questions about recycling in Summit County, call SRP at (970) 668-5703 or e-mail

Summit Recycling Project is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to minimize waste in Summit County and surrounding areas through reduction, reuse, recycling and education to create a more sustainable community.

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