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Recycling program receives 190K

JENNIFER HUFFMAN

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit Recycling Project’s request for $185,000 for 2005 was not only approved by the Board of County Commissioners, but commissioners tacked on an additional $5,000 for dealing with household hazardous waste.The commissioners allocate capital to the Summit Recycling Project (SRP) from the solid waste management fund collected through landfill tipping fees. County Commissioner Tom Long suggested the extra $5,000 because of the success he saw with the last household hazardous waste collection day.Since then, SRP has started collecting household hazardous waste on a daily basis by appointment. Carly Wier, SRP executive director, thinks the organization can do a series of smaller, half-day events in June, July and August with the $5,000. “I was surprised by the extra money,” Wier said. “But we’ve learned to make our case strongly, and I think our numbers speak for themselves.”SRP increased its collections by 59 percent in 2004, including wood waste, and a 22 percent increase without wood. Recyclable materials account for almost 11 percent of the waste material received at the landfill for 2004 through July. SRP is a nonprofit operation subsidized by local governments and public fundraisers.Next year, the county commissioners will be funding a materials recovery sorting and baling facility at the landfill to increase the county’s recycling rate and extend the life of the landfill.Funds for the project will come from the November 2003 ballot Question 1A.To recycle household hazardous waste, call SRP at (970) 668-5703.Jennifer Huffman can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 248, or at jhuffman@summitdaily.com.


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