Dear recyclers, friends and dreamers | SummitDaily.com

Dear recyclers, friends and dreamers

Carly WierExecutive Director, High Country Conservation Center

More than 25 years ago, in a Feb. 27, 1980, newspaper article, Summit Recycling Project’s founder, Tim McClure was quoted as saying “The trash system is a county government responsibility; why shouldn’t the county make resource recovery an integral part of the waste system?”Now, more than two decades later, Tim’s vision for a comprehensive county-run resource recovery and waste management system is coming to fruition as the nonprofit organization formally hands over recycling operations to the county on Jan. 1.This amazing accomplishment is almost like coming full circle, or to use a recycling term “closing the loop.” We are so very excited for the future of recycling in the Summit County area.But even with this change we’re not done with our mission to promote resource conservation and reduce wastefulness! In fact, it’s like we’ve received a great gift this holiday season: a gift of new time and resources to spend on better waste reduction outreach and new resource conservation programs.As many of you know, to honor this change in focus, Summit Recycling Project will be changing its name to The High Country Conservation Center. With our new name and our new focus, Summit County residents can still count on us to be involved in ensuring a progressive, strong recycling program in the community. But residents can also look ahead to new programs that focus on energy and green building. In 2006, we’ll launch new programs, like home energy audits and the production of an annual resource guide called Green Living in the High Country.Absolutely none of these exciting changes would be possible without the dedication of hundreds of donors, volunteers, board members and staff that have helped to make Summit Recycling Project such a strong and successful organization. And we thank each and every one of them for their contributions, time, and vision.We would especially like to thank our current operations staff: Kevin Berg, Danny Lopez, Trang Doan, Drew Greer, and Seth Kulas for their hard work this year and we wish them the best in their new positions with the County recycling program. So, join us this holiday season as we look ahead and dream up a better world: one where Summit County residents have a stable, progressive recycling program and access to information and tools for energy conservation, renewable energy, and green building. After all, waste isn’t our only resource!On behalf of Summit Recycling Project’s past and present board of directors and staff, we wish you a new year filled with peace, love, and new beginnings.