Resources for recycling after the holidays
After the holidays you may find yourself inundated with items to dispose of. Here are some locations where you can do and start the year out right by recycling.
  • Electronics/cell phones/batteries ? Take to El Paso County Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off site (now also open the first Saturday of each month).
  • Christmas trees ? Treecycle on Jan. 1 & 2 and Jan. 8 & 9.
  • Shipping peanuts ? Many shipping stores, such as Pak Mail, will take and re-use them, search the Loose Fill Council?s database for a location near you. 
  • Christmas lights ? Donate to Lights for Life at Ace Hardware Stores through Feb. 15. Some Lowe's, Home Depot and CVS stores also take your old lights and provide a coupon to help you switch to more energy efficient LED Christmas lights.
  • Wrapping paper/boxes ? Take to a free recycling drop-off facility, such as WM Recycle America at 602 E 4th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907-5433.
  • Of course, the easiest and best way to get rid of items is to never have them in the first place. Click here for tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on how to reduce holiday waste.  

    Spring to bring a welcome bloom of recycling bins in public spaces
    Have you been walking downtown and needed a place to recycle your coffee cup? Or at a park needing to recycle your beverage container? The City of Colorado Springs will soon have public space recycling downtown and in some City parks at no cost to the City or taxpayers. The recycling is made possible through a partnership with Greener Corners, a public space recycling and environmental organization.  Advertisements sold by Greener Corners will be placed on the sides of the recycle bins to cover the cost of the recycling program and earn some additional revenue for the City.  By April 2011, 225 recycling bins, which collect recyclables and trash side by side, will be installed in the core downtown area and several of the City's large community parks and sports complexes (including Memorial Park, Acacia Park, Palmer Park and the Leon Young, Goose Gossage and Skyview sports complexes). Within three years, an estimated 450 bins will accept recycling throughout Colorado Springs. Waste Management/Recycle America, the City's current contracted waste hauler, will manage the bins of recycled materials. The bins will be small-scale and meant to handle materials generated on-site, as opposed to a drop-off facility, which Waste Management/Recycle America already offers free in Colorado Springs. Greener Corners will install and maintain the recycling bins, conduct a public awareness campaign to educate citizens about the benefits of recycling and, through collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provide environmental impact progress reports. Click here for more information.
    Colorado Springs to receive Weston Solutions gift of 100 trees
    While serving as a stormwater resource expert at the National League of Cities (NLC) conference in Denver, employee Jeff Besse entered the Weston Solution?s 100 trees giveaway drawing and won! His entry means that Weston Solutions will provide the Colorado Springs community with 100 trees (or $1,500 toward a tree purchase) through the City?s Forestry Division. Weston Solutions, a world-wide company with a local Colorado Springs office, provides energy, environmental sustainability, property redevelopment and building services (including a patented green roof system). What?s notable about this door prize is that trees are a gift that keep on giving. Urban trees provide benefits fundamental to our community's livability. They assist with qualities such as clean air and water, comfortable streets and homes, beauty, and wildlife habitat. One hundred tree seedlings grown over 10 years sequester 4.3 tons of CO2 - equivalent to taking an average home off the grid for half a year. Planting trees strategically can decrease the heat island effect by reducing ambient air temperatures by 0.04 to 0.2 degrees Celsius for every 1 percent increase in canopy cover. (A tree canopy cover of 30 to 35 percent is considered ideal.) Trees also absorb rainwater. And, when trees have lived out their lives, they can be recycled. (Photo shows boards created from Forestry trees. Click here to learn about their free mulch program.) The trees will be selected for their ability to conserve water, improve air quality, sequester high levels of carbon quickly, increase biodiversity, support native species and provide energy efficiency to adjacent buildings. The health and appearance of a community?s trees is one of the most important factors in determining a community?s visual image and quality of life.
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