Summit Recycling Project cooks up fun tonight |

Summit Recycling Project cooks up fun tonight

Special to the Daily Kudzoo Brothers Doc P.J. (left) and Bill Sneed entertained the crowd at the 2004 Summit Recycling Project Fundraiser at the Bergenhof in Breckenridge. Sneed will pick his banjo and guitar at tonight's event.

BRECKENRIDGE – Local singer and songwriter Nancy Cook is religious about separating her aluminum, glass and plastic. But when it comes to music, she has no qualms about mixing things up.Cook and a host of other Summit County musicians will keep the crowd moving tonight with commingled bluegrass, blues, folk, pop and rock at the 16th annual Tim McClure Memorial Summit Recycling Benefit, a fundraiser for Summit Recycling Project (SRP).”I do some original music, and I also play songs by people I like – everything from Stevie Wonder to Bonnie Raitt to James Taylor to the Beatles,” Cook said. “But the really cool thing about this event is that it’s not just me. It’s turning into a real interactive evening among musicians.”

Joining Cook on stage tonight in the name of reducing, reusing and recycling will be Bill Sneed of the Kudzoo Brothers on guitar and banjo, Leon Littlebird on guitar and Native flute, “Moose” on harmonica, Larry Keen and Mike Fauth on guitar and mandolin and Ed Billeaud on percussion. And the Mountain Gypsy Belly Dancers will keep the atmosphere shaking all night long.”The Mountain Gypsies are awesome; they are really great belly dancers, and they do more to get the crowd energized than anything,” Cook said.The event will also feature an Italian buffet, a silent auction with more than 200 items – many of which are environmentally friendly – and a game of chance. Prizes include 2005-2006 season passes at area ski resorts and a two-person, day-long, guided fly fishing tour from Cutthroat Anglers.”I might be a little biased, but I think it’s one of the most fun local events of the year,” said SRP operations manager Kevin Berg. “This is my sixth one. It’s kind of like a reunion of people you don’t always see day to day.”

SRP is a local nonprofit dedicated to waste reduction and diversion throughout Summit County. In 2004, the organization diverted 5,653 tons of material from the county’s landfill.”SRP is one of the most effective grassroots organizations I’ve ever come across – they’re astonishing,” Cook said. “I’m a real recycling nut, and this is an organization that does the right thing.”Berg hopes the event will raise $15,000 to $20,000.”We have a tight budget, and we rely on this fundraiser to meet it every year. Most of it goes to providing new capital investments and doing more education. We aim to collect a new (recyclable waste) item every year,” he said.

The event will also include a public unveiling of the design for the county’s new materials recovery facility (MRF) to be located at the landfill. The facility will enable recyclable materials to be processed in the county rather than shipped loose to Denver.”We’ve been dreaming about it for so long, and I think Tim McClure is the perfect time to launch it publicly,” Berg said. “We’re going to have our architect with display boards and some information on the green, sustainable aspects of the building.”Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at

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