Public Space Recycling Program Launched on Earth Day 2011

Colorado Springs Recycling Facts

  • In a 2010 Pikes Peak Quality of Life Indicators Community Survey, respondents identified recycling as the second biggest environmental challenge facing the Pikes Peak Region today.
  • According to the most recent 2007 data, El Paso County residents recycled significantly less paper (67.8 pounds per person, per year) than the average Coloradan (119.7 pounds per person, per year), 2009 Pikes Peak United Way Quality of Life Indicators Report.
  •  Since 2008, all four major trash haulers have implemented single-stream collection of recyclables throughout the county.  
  •  The pounds per person of waste in the Pikes Peak Region decreased dramatically in 2009, from 6.46 in 2008 to 5.14 (2010 Pikes Peak Quality of Life Indicators Report).  However, the national average is just 4.6 pounds of trash per person, per day. (U.S. EPA document "MSW Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2007").
  • In a recent audit of 300 lbs. of residential trash by a trained group of Recycling Coalition of Colorado Springs volunteers, it was found that 158 pounds, or 54 percent, could have been diverted from area landfills. Of the materials that could be diverted:
    • 108 pounds, or 37 percent, could have been recycled through single-stream, curb-side service. Even more materials would have been recyclable with a few simple steps, such as rinsing food containers or preventing paper from becoming contaminated with liquids, 
    • 14 percent was clothing, toys and house wares, which could be donated or repurposed,
    • 4 percent was compostable food waste, such as vegetables and coffee grounds, and
    • 2 percent was better disposed of at an electronics recycling center.
  • Colorado Springs previously did not have any public space recycling. A local business paid for two recycling bins in the downtown area.

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